Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon announces guest-filled US book tour to promote memoir

Girl In A Band due to be released February 24

Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon has announced an 11-date book tour to promote forthcoming memoir Girl In A Band that will see her participate in Q&A sessions with accomplished guests from the world of music, film and literature.

As reported by Pitchfork, Gordon will be quizzed by the likes of Aimee Mann, novelist Elissa Schappell, Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, and Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster, among others. The tour is scheduled for February and March and includes dates in New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles.

The biography, due to be released on February 24, will be published by HarperCollins imprint Dey Street Books and will “chronicle [Gordon’s] choice to leave Los Angeles in the early ’80s for the post-punk scene in New York City, where she formed Sonic Youth”.

“Often described as aloof, Kim Gordon truly opens up in Girl In A Band,” a synopsis reads. “Telling the story of her childhood, her life in art, her move to New York City, her love affairs, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, and her band, this is a rich and beautifully written memoir. At the heart of the book is the examination of what partnership means – and what happens when it dissolves.”

The memoir’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”. The group disbanded in 2011.