Shes the art-rock legend who stimulated Sonic Youth punk and now, at 66, she has attained her first solo record. She drives our novelist through LA to talk Donald Trump, existential angst and her anthem called Air BnB
Before she came to typify deadpan Downtown New York cool, Kim Gordon was a teenager in 1970 s Los Angeles, smoking pot and listening to Joni Mitchell. It was the pot that landed her in “Disney jail”. Gordon and her friend were in a cave on pirate-themed Tom Sawyer’s Island, illuminating up a joint, when the Disney policeman swooped in.
” They took us underground ,” Gordon remembers- to a netherworld where she saw” Mickey Mouse with a walkie-talkie” and suffered creepy commentaries from the officers:” Does your mother know you’re not wearing a bra ?”
Gordon was left in a juvenile holding cell overnight. She was taking a political science class at the time, and her mind whirled.” I was writing this paper in my head about Disneyland and how fascist it was ,” Gordon tells me.” It confirmed my notions about American consumerism .” It’s a faith she still holds.” Consumerism is killing us ,” she says today.
Kim Gordon v Disney is an remarkably revealing punk-rock folk tale: from the earliest days of Sonic Youth, the band she co-founded with her ex-husband Thurston Moore, Gordon’s music, art criticism and paints have been a kind of post-Warhol skewering of American myths. That sceptical eye extend to her first solo album, No Home Record– a bold mix of industrial noise, art-punk poetics and wry witticism, which I’m discussing with Gordon at her sunny home in the quiet hills of LA’s Los Feliz district.
On display is a signed copy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Zuma; a poster for Jean-Luc Godard’s Made in USA; and another of Darby Crash of the Germs, who are Gordon’s favourite LA punk band because of their propensity to “deconstruct” on stage unexpectedly.” That’s my kind of entertainment .” Volumes cover the coffee table: Claire Denis by Judith Mayne; Black Is a Color by Elvan Zabunyan; Fascination by Kevin Killian.” I used to feel this existential nausea here ,” Gordon says of LA.” Now it’s a sigh of relief .”
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