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Body/Head's Kim Gordon to byLarm

Ex-founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion designer, and experimental musician Kim Gordon will be guesting a Q&A at by:Larm 2013. It doesn't appear she'll be performing so your only chance to catch her is this years Numusic!

Kim Gordon is an American musician, vocalist, artist, record producer, video director and actress. She has sung and played bass and guitar in the alternative rock band Sonic Youth, and in Free Kitten with Julia Cafritz (of Pussy Galore). Gordon has collaborated with a number of musicians, including Ikue Mori, DJ Olive, William Winant, Lydia Lunch, Courtney Love, Alan Licht, Mike Watt, and Chris Corsano.

The daughter of a seamstress (which may explain her interest in fashion) and a high school guidance counselor who worked in Ferguson, Missouri, Gordon and her family moved to Rochester, New York in 1958. The next year, Gordon's family relocated to Los Angeles so that her father could take a job with the UCLA sociology department. After her high school years, Gordon attended the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County and York University in Toronto where she played in an experimental heavy metal art group.

After graduating, she moved to New York City and joined the short-lived band CKM with Christine Hahn and Stanton Miranda. Through Miranda, Gordon met her future Sonic Youth bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore. When she began dating Moore, the three formed Sonic Youth in 1981.

In 1989, Gordon, Sadie May, and Lydia Lunch formed Harry Crews and released the album Naked in Garden Hills. She was also one of the producers of Hole's first record, Pretty on the Inside, released in 1991, and co-directed The Breeders' "Cannonball" video with Spike Jonze.

The band Free Kitten, a collaboration with Julie Cafritz that also includes Mark Ibold and Yoshimi P-We, has released three albums on the label Kill Rock Stars, with the fourth and most recent album released on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label. Another of her side projects is the band The Supreme Indifference, who appear on the compilation Fields and Streams.

Gordon is also an established visual artist and curator. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S., Japan and Europe. She graduated from the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. In the early 1980s, Gordon wrote for Artforum and worked for several Soho art galleries. She curated an exhibition at White Columns gallery in 1982 in which Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler were among the participants. Dan Graham invited her to join in a performance of an all-female rock band, which marked the start of her first band CKM. In 1996 Gordon was involved in an exhibition entitled Baby Generation at Parco gallery in Tokyo.
 

 

Her exhibition titled Kim's Bedroom was shown at MU in the Netherlands and included drawing and paintings along with live music and special guests. This resulted in a limited-edition book and CD published by Purple Books. In 2003, Gordon was featured in the Gothenburg Biennale, and exhibited Club In The Shadow, a collaboration with artist Jutta Koether at Kenny Schachter's Contemporary Gallery in NYC. In 2005 she took part in the Her Noise exhibition in London and did another collaboration with Koether.

An artist's book titled Kim Gordon Chronicles Vol. 1 featuring photos of Gordon throughout her life was published in 2005. In 2006, Kim Gordon Chronicles Vol. 2 was released, featuring her artwork.

Apart from her career in music and in arts, Gordon has also made appearances in films and television. She appeared in Gus Van Sant's Last Days, a fictionalized biopic of one of her close friends, Kurt Cobain. She also has a small part as a textile exporter in the 2007 film Boarding Gate starring Asia Argento and in I'm Not There.

In the season six finale of Gilmore Girls, she played a street troubadour along with Thurston Moore and their daughter Coco, performing the song "What a Waste" from the album Rather Ripped.
Gordon, along with the rest of Sonic Youth, made an appearance in the television series Gossip Girl and performed an acoustic version of the song "Starpower".

Gordon also runs her own clothing company, X-Girl, in Los Angeles. In September 2008, she launched a limited edition fashion line called "Mirror/Dash" inspired by Françoise Hardy, deciding that "there's a need for clothes for cool moms."

She is performing Thursday the 27th of September at Numusic with friend and collaborator Bill Nace, well known in the experimental scene in Boston, as the duo Body/Head.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
 

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