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Thurston J. Moore
b. 07/25/1958, FL.
Kim A. Gordon
, b. 04/28/1953, Los Angeles, CA.
Coco Hayley Gordon Moore
Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are founders and members of the New York-based art/
1981. Since then, they've transformed from willfully abrasive art-punkers to godparents of the
scene (without getting mired in post-"alternative" backlash) to pop- and high-culture icons.
As a teen high on
in the late 1970s, Moore fled his mother's home in
, where he formed a band with a handful of other, slightly older guys called
. (The band released one posthumous
years later, "
Failure To Thrive
.") Prior to Sonic Youth, he also collaborated with
. Moore and Lee Ranaldo also toured with
in the early 1980s; both men were featured on recordings of Branca's first three symphonies. Eventually, Moore bumped into Gordon, a
aficionado and visual artist fresh from
, who was playing guitar in the trio
at the time.
Over the past 20 years, Moore has colloborated with countless others of an avant-garde bent, including
Loren Mazzacane Connors
Possibly the wildest and most experimental of his side projects is
, formed circa 1998 with Don Fleming and Jim Dunbar. (Details have been moved to full
Moore released a solo album in 1995, "
", on Geffen. SY bandmate
played drums, with
Two Dollar Guitar
frontman Tim Foljahn playing guitar also. The album spawned one MTV-aired video, for "
," shot in, around and on top of
pad. Chillingly, one shot features a jetliner streaking toward the
World Trade Center
towers in the background.
Moore still oversees
, the record label he founded in the early 1980s which focuses on unheard musics he feels are deserving of a wider audience. The output is released through Shelley's
Smells Like Records
Moore founded, wrote for and edited his own
fanzine in the 1980s, and he has written for countless other publications since then. His first book, "
", a collection of prose and poems, was published in 2000. A handful of copies were sold in a limited-edition slipcovered format, complete with a unique poem by Moore scrawled in the endpapers.
Moore and the other Sonic Youth guitarists play a dizzying array of instruments, sometimes "hot-rodded" to facilitate their sound-sculpture and noisemaking. Moore's favorite guitar is the
, though he also uses a few other Fenders, too:
s. His first recorded debut with an acoustic guitar, 1993's "
," saw him use a 1930s-era
Carson J. Robinson
acoustic. For amplifiers, Moore favors a
cabinets. Favorite effects include the
Pro-Co Turbo Rat
Sovtek Big Muff
MXR Blue Box
. In July 1994, the band suffered a massive gear theft when a truck full of all their equipment was heisted at a festival in Orange County, CA. Insurance paid for the band to get new stuff, and Moore restocked his quiver with several new Jazzmasters.
Resources: Moore on
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The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
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The Flying Lizards
A Thousand Leaves
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Journal of Universal Rejection
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Video Killed the Radio Star
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