Sonic Life

Sonic Life : A Memoir

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A music-obsessed retrospective, beginning with his childhood epiphany of rock 'n' roll in the early 1960s into an infatuation with the subversive world of 1970s punk and no wave blasting forth from New York City - where he eventually runs off to join a band in 1978. By 1981 Moore would form the legendary and notorious experimental rock group Sonic Youth, who proceeded to record and tour relentlessly for almost 30 years, always progressing, always exploring.

Along the way we meet a constellation of artists and musicians who colluded and collided with Sonic Youth including Velvet Underground, Stooges, Patti Smith, Television, Sex Pistols, Clash, Nirvana, Hole, Beastie Boys, Neil Young and a cavalcade of other musical visionaries, as well as figures from the art world - Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Gerhard Richter.

Simply put, Thurston Moore and Sonic Youth changed the sound of modern alternative rock music and opened the minds of a generation of artists to new possibilities within the form. This is essential reading.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 0571373941
  • 9780571373949
  • 1,170,309

About Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore is an American musician, poet and activist, best known as a member of American rock band Sonic Youth, with whom he recorded sixteen genre-defining albums including 1988's Daydream Nation, which was chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. Since the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2011 he has recorded several solo and group albums, most recently Screen Time in 2021. Moore is included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He runs the record label Ecstatic Peace! and the publishing company Ecstatic Peace Library. He lives in London.
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