Non-fiction book of the month: Girl in a Band - Kim Gordon

This giveaway is sponsored by Faber

Girl in a Band is the story of Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women. She writes frankly about her journey from girl to woman and pioneering icon in the music and art scene of New York City, as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence. 

Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world, Girl in a Band is the chronicle of a remarkable life and an extraordinary artist.

There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells, with complete openness, the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves.

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Praise for Girl in a Band

'I've always admired Kim Gordon. She is cool, smart and dignified. Girl in a Band is a fascinating and honest memoir, full of raw emotion and insight.' - Sofia Coppola

'So much more than a rock biog, Girl in a Band is a unique record of the past 50 years of alternative culture.' - NME

'Although this is often a sad book, it is also an entertaining one, with pithy character judgments and counter-culture gossip wrapped up in a series of meditations on creativity.' - Sunday Telegraph

'A rich, well-written account of Gordon's childhood and adolescence and the relationships that shaped her life before, in New York in 1981, she met and fell in love with Moore, with whom she was soon making a fearsome noise in Sonic Youth.' - Uncut

About the Author

Kim Gordon is a musician, vocalist, visual artist, record producer, video director, fashion designer, and actress. She rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which she formed with Thurston Moore in 1981. In 2012, after the breakup of Sonic Youth, Gordon formed Body/Head with friend Bill Nace. She has appeared in several films, as well as episodes of Gossip Girl and Girls. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, New York, and Los Angeles.

You can follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram.

Book giveaway and Q&A with Kim

Faber is giving away 50 free copies of Girl in a Band. Apply below for a chance to win, and head over to the discussion thread to ask Kim all your questions about her incredible life and career before 22nd February. We'll post her answers to up to 15 questions in early March.

You don't have to win a free copy to take part in the discussion or ask Kim a question. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss the book. If you miss out on a free copy you can buy the book here.

This giveaway closes Monday 1 February, so apply now!


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