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Sonic Youth: Young At Art

Interview by John Robb, Melody Maker, August 1991

As they prepare for their appearance at this weekend's Reading Festival, Veteran art rock terrorists talk to Johnny Robb ...

Kim Gordon

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2005

BACKSTAGE AT V Festival, the queen mother of punk rock shelters from the punishing sun. With her dirty-blonde hair and boho-bag-lady chic, Kim Gordon cuts ...

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Sonic Youth (1989)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

A positively psychedelic interview which ranges from Karen Carpenter to the interview process itself, via strap-ons, James Joyce and acid house. When not giving interviewer North a really hard time, Thurston Moore treats us to his finest Johnny Thunders impersonation.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.2mb, interview length: 1h 02' 29" sound quality: **½

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore (1994)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1994

From his youth in Bethel, CT., through his early days in NYC, forming Sonic Youth, through to alt.superstardom, signing with Geffen and hanging with Nirvana and Neil Young – it's all here.

File format: mp3; file size: 73.7mb, interview length: 1h 20' 33" sound quality: ** (phoner)

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth (Neutral Records Import)***1/2

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, June 1982

SONIC YOUTH, the first release on avant-garde missionary Glenn Branca's Neutral Records, is an EP in LP's clothing, and in many ways the music it ...

This Savage Breed: Sonic Youth: Kill Your Idols (Zensor, German Import)

Review by Don Watson, NME, May 1984

"KILL YOUR IDOLS/With Sonic Death" — scrawled across the label and screamed across the searing noise, the statement of intent on the latest release by ...

Sonic Youth/Frank Tovey & Boyd Rice

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, NME, March 1985

AAAAH! CATHARSIS time again! ...

Sonic Youth

Interview by Byron Coley, Spin, August 1985

Hear a rumbling from Manhattan's Lower East Side? That's Sonic Youth's squall of the wild ...

Sonic Youth: Super Sonic Sisterhood

Interview by Mark Sinker, NME, June 1987

2005 note: Mostly what I read in this piece is what a fight it seemed to get anything said about "rock" in 1987, in the ...

Sonic Youth And The Great Cosmic Blender

Interview by Mark Dery, RIP, August 1987

SKATEBOARDS, ELVIS Presley, Wrestlemania and trashy sexploitation flicks-eventually everything goes into the battered black cauldron called modern pop culture. And like the spumy, molten soup ...

Will Sonic Youth Keep Rock Honest?

Comment by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, March 1990

EVER SINCE punk failed to explode rock's dysfunctional excess with red-faced ire, hardcore noisemakers have been wrestling with the problem of how to be outrageous. ...

Underground Rhapsody: Sonic Youth

Profile and Interview by Mark Sinker, City Limits, August 1990

I GET BACK to Bay Ridge just after midnight, to find the guys in the house watching Sonic Youth on Night Music in the room ...

Sonic Youth: A Load Of Tony Baloney

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1990

Sonic Youth aren't impressed with Manchester's latest contribution to rock culture. In fact, they think it's a pile of "contrived shit", a real homoerotic, lads-together ...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Sonic Youth: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1991

THE WILD FRONTIER ...

They Tried With Their Boots On: Sonic Youth

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1991

TEN-YEAR VETERANS of American clubland, Sonic Youth were on the brink of going overground. We were meeting them at a crosspoint in their career. They ...

Reading '91: Reading, Writhing And Riffmatic

Live Review by Keith Cameron, NME, September 1991

FRIDAY: IT WAS obvious, really – he had to say it. Who better than His Supreme Iggyness Of Pop, the Godfather of (s)punk rock, to ...

Thurston Moore and Mike D: Starpower

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, July 1992

THE SCENE: A TRENDY RESTAURANT in L.A. called the Hollywood Canteen. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is sitting in a corner booth, slouched over a ...

Sonic Youth: Dirty

Review by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, July 1992

IF THERE'S ANYTHING all great rock-and-roll bands – from Muddy Waters' early-'50s Chicago electric outfits to Chuck Berry's Chess session players to the Rolling Stones ...

Here Come The Noise Terrorists: Sonic Youth

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, July 1992

THUNDEROUS mantra-grooves and jagged fanfares of atonal brass boom across the parched grass of New York's Central Park, though it could equally well be Monterey ...

Sonic Youth: Dirt Tracks

Interview by John Robb, Siren, August 1992

JUMPING ON their own bandwagon, Sonic Youth are the old Nirvana, baton carriers of the underground spirit through the late '80s and early '90s, paving ...

Sonic Youth: Dirty

Review by Mat Snow, Q, September 1992

NOW IN their 30s, this band are no longer quite so youthful as when they formed 11 years ago in New York, yet they remain ...

Forever Young: Sonic Youth

Interview by Martin Aston, Independent, The, 1994

IN 1991, WHEN Geffen Records signed the New York quartet Sonic Youth, the label couldn't have envisaged the band delivering two accessible albums by its ...

Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (DGC)

Review by Deborah Frost, Village Voice, May 1994

EXPERIMENTAL JET Set, Trash and No Star (DGC) is not the most experimental, jettiest, or trashiest record Sonic Youth or anyone else, for that matter, ...

Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, June 1994

THIS IS SONIC Youth's tenth album in all, bootlegs excluded, and it finds them making a determined and ultimately successful effort not to settle into ...

Sonic Youth: Way Downtown Way Kool

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, September 1994

THERE ARE four of them, and they're definitely fab, but nobody (to our knowledge, anyway) has ever compared Sonic Youth to the Beatles. ...

Sonic Youth Clean Up Their Act: Washing Machine

Review and Interview by Martin Aston, Music Week, 1995

TRUST A BUNCH of New York art-rockers to contemplate jeopardising their increasing popularity by changing their name to Washing Machine, but that's what Sonic Youth, ...

Sonic Youth: Goodby 20th Century

Review by Everett True, Uncut, February 2000

IN THE trade, this is known as noodling. Noodling occurs when a bunch of undeniably talented musicians gather together and decide they've had enough of ...

Radical Adults: Sonic Youth

Interview by Peter Murphy, Hot Press, August 2002

IT’S A MUDDY TRACK only a few bands have managed to negotiate, but Sonic Youth figured out how to grow up and stay hardcore. From ...

Seeking Sonic Truth On Murray Street: Sonic Youth

Comment by Wayne Robins, waynerobins.blogspot.com, September 2002

I'M AMUSED EACH day when I cross Murray Street, a miles-long, largely residential street that wends its way from downtown Flushing north through various small ...

Punk's Queen Mother: Kim Gordon

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2005

BACKSTAGE AT V Festival, the queen mother of punk rock shelters from the punishing sun. With her dirty-blonde hair and boho-bag-lady chic, Kim Gordon cuts ...

Sonic Youth : Ripped It Up And Started Again

Interview by John Doran, playlouder.com, July 2006

Hollow jokes about their name and their actual age in the music press don't alter the fact that Sonic Youth are still making visionary music ...

No Wave: Histories Along The Bowery

Interview by Olly Beck, Garageland, November 2008

The New York No Wave Movement: More Punk than Punk. Olly Beck talks to Thurston Moore ...

Sonic Youth And the Blast First Axis

Essay by David Stubbs, Wire, The, February 2009

AS FAR AS many people were concerned in the 80s, in the UK in particular, rock was a discredited medium. ...

Sonic Youth: A Rude Awakening

Interview by Luke Turner, Stool Pigeon, The, May 2009

Luke Turner feels the pall in the mall as he accompanies a pre-boogie woogie jam Sonic Youth on a shopping trip. ...

see also Ciccone Youth

see also Thurston Moore

see also Free Kitten

see also Dim Stars

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