Kim Gordon, the musician, visual artist and actress best known as the bassist of alternative rock band Sonic Youth, has created a list of 10 books that have helped inspire her vision.
Having graduated from the Otis Art Institute, Gordon moved to New York City in 1980 and had high hopes of pursuing an art career. Having held down a couple of art related jobs, Gordon would end up meeting Thurston Moore after a few months in the city and form Sonic Youth in 1981. Within three years the pair were married and, by the end for 1980s, the band had released a total of six albums on various different independent labels and rose to prominence.
For Gordon, who has since pushed her creative boundaries from music into film, fashion and art, inspiration has been sourced from many different genres of artistic expression. From a music point of view, Gordon stated in 2015 that numbers different female artists have shaped her vision through the years: “Initially I was really inspired by the Slits and the Raincoats, and Siouxsie Sioux, Patti Smith,” she said before adding: “Then there was the Runaways, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner—who is the ultimate performer—and Billie Holiday.”
While music and art has always been the main source of creative output by Gordon, a series of varied literary influences have remained by her side for the majority of her life. While she did team up with Harper Collins imprint Dey Street Books to publish her a memoir, Girl in a Band, in 2015, Gordon has never been shy to talk about authors she admires most.
In a list created for One Grand Books, the Sonic Youth founder listed the likes of Mary Gaitskill, Seth Price, Jean Piaget and more in a comprehensive collection which you can see below.
Kim Gordon’s top 10 favourite books of all time:
- Catherine Breillat by Douglas Keesey
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
- Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
- Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
- Fuck Seth Price: A Novel by Seth Price
- Structuralism by Jean Piaget
- Angels by Denis Johnson
- The White Album by Joan Didion
Source: One Grand Books