“Girl in a Band”- A Title that Needs to Fade Away

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Kim Gordon is a successful songwriter, fashion designer, director, actor, author, mother, artist and musician, all in all this woman can do everything; so why is she still being called the “girl in the band?”.

Gordon’s span of rock and roll exceeds 30 years of hard work, but even with the release of her memoir last month, Girl in a Band: A Memoir, she’s still considered as such. In 1981, Gordon found her place in New York City with then boyfriend, Thurston Moore and friend, Lee Ranaldo. The trio began Sonic Youth soon after and the first couple years of the band was like Spinal Tap, going through a handful of drummers until they settled six years later with Steve Shelley. Sonic Youth was rocking during the punk phase in the 80s, kicking it to the alternative rock in the 90s, and are living legends in the new millennium. They are the “godfathers” of American rock underground. But as of now, the group is on hiatus to expand other creativity. As for Gordon, she has started a new rock band “Body/Head” with Bill Nace.

Gordon has sparked other women to carry out their rock and roll dreams. Just recently, Gordon was interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, a very successful rocker as well as an Emmy winner. Brownstein is the co-creator of Portlandia and has revived her all girl-rock band, Sleater-Kinney; just recently the band has released their first album since 2005. Their interview is filled with insight to Gordon’s memoir and her side of things as well as attempts to fill an hour of awkward silences.

Kim Gordon isn’t just a girl in a band; she’s a songwriter, author, artist and hard-rocking bassist that has been fighting stereotypes and society’s (and rock and roll’s) standards. She has proved time and time again that she can kick some ass and she isn’t afraid to do so. Gordon is an artist that has no limits and she’s been battling this label for over 30 years that desperately needs to fade away.

Jess Samson

Tune in to WCRX 88.1 FM every Thursday night 7-9pm Rebel Rock Radio with Jess Samson. 


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