Kim Gordon says that Lana Del Rey ‘doesn’t even know what feminism is’

Former Sonic Youth musician slams the singer in her new book

Former Sonic Youth musician Kim Gordon has taken aim at Lana Del Rey in an extract from her new memoir.

Gordon releases Girl In A Band later this month (February 24), with new extracts now emerging online. In one alleged part, Gordon seemingly says that Lana Del Rey “doesn’t even know what feminism is”.

The extract reads: “Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey, who doesn’t even know what feminism is, who believes women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts toward self-destruction, whether it’s sleeping with gross old men or getting gang raped by bikers. Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it’s just a persona. If she really truly believes it’s beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn’t she just off herself?”


In excerpts previously published by Vogue, Kim Gordon calls Billy Corgan a “crybaby” and questions Courtney Love’s mental health.

Gordon recalls meeting Courtney Love for the first time in 1990. Gordon would go on to produce Hole album ‘Pretty On The Inside’.

“No one ever questions the disorder behind her tarantula LA glamour – sociopathy, narcissism – because it’s good rock and roll, good entertainment!” Gordon says. “I have a low tolerance for manipulative, egomaniacal behaviour, and usually have to remind myself that the person might be mentally ill.”

She goes on to discuss Love’s boyfriend of the time, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. “Courtney asked us for advice about her ‘secret affair’ with Billy Corgan. I thought, Ewwww, at even the mention of Billy Corgan, whom nobody liked because he was such a crybaby, and Smashing Pumpkins took themselves way too seriously and were in no way punk rock.”

Girl In A Band‘s title refers to the lyric “What’s it like to be a girl in a band?/I don’t quite understand” from 2009 Sonic Youth track ‘Sacred Trickster’.


Gordon was a member of the iconic group from their foundation in 1981 until 2011, when the band went on hiatus after her separation from husband and bandmate, Thurston Moore. She has since formed a new band, Body/Head, with Vampire Belt member Bill Nace. In April 2014 she joined vocalists including St Vincent, Lorde and Joan Jett in fronting Nirvana for the band’s reformation at their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.