KIM GORDON SOUNDS OFF | ELLE

Elle Pop Culture Celebrity Spotlight. KIM GORDON SOUNDS OFF

In an ELLE exclusive, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon talks candidly about her next chapter, and what really happened between her and Thurston Moore.. By Lizzy Goodman, April 22, 2013

“The way Gordon talks about the L.A. of her youth conjures the bleached-out, diffuse brutality of the city as portrayed in Joan Didion’s classic collection The White Album. “I remember when we were young, playing on these huge dirt mounds that became freeway on-ramps,” Gordon says. “And my mom pointing to Century City, saying, ‘There’s going to be a city there.’ I have a lot of nostalgia for Los Angeles at a certain time—just the landscape, before it was overgrown with bad stucco and mini malls and bad plastic surgery. It wasn’t like I was happy. I don’t want to be back in that time, but it felt a lot more open.”

If you had to describe the core sensibility of Gordon’s work—painting, vocal performance, or dress—it would be that quintessentially Californian expansive desolation. It’s a feeling, not an idea, and it’s what first pulled Gordon away from fine art and toward rock ’n’ roll…”

Kim Gordon

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