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New York City, New York, United States (1981 – 2011)

Sonic Youth was an influential band which formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1981 and are currently on an indefinite hiatus. The last lineup consisted of Thurston Moore (vocals, guitar), Kim Gordon (vocals, bass, guitar), Lee Ranaldo (vocals and guitar), Steve Shelley (drums) and Mark Ibold (bass).

In their early career, Sonic Youth was associated with the art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound. As a result, Sonic Youth was pivotal in the rise of the alternative rock movement.

Sonic Youth have expressed a wide variety of influences, ranging from the influential protopunk musician Patti Smith to composer John Cage. The band has been praised for having “redefined what rock guitar could do”, using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings, and preparing guitars with objects like drumsticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments’ timbre.

Formation and early history: 1977-1981

Sonic Youth’s history began when guitarist Thurston Moore moved to New York City in early 1976. Interested in punk, Moore joined The Coachmen, a guitar-based quartet, after arriving in the city.


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    My Idols!

    31 Mar 5:20pm Reply
  • anIadrift

    Sister and EVOL

    27 Mar 3:12am Reply
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  • Beatmone

    ♪ You keep me comin home again / You keep me comin home again ♪ Love it!!

    21 Mar 6:51am Reply
  • Harry_01

    I'm so into them lately oh my gdo [7]

    20 Mar 8:19am Reply
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  • Nimbie

    I forgot how good Bad Moon Rising is

    17 Mar 7:16pm Reply
  • nikidragojevic2

    polka hardcore scene, i see. RAD!

    12 Mar 2:50pm Reply
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  • Nekrovoor

    the ground sucks

    8 Mar 3:14am Reply
  • Groves89

    Not really. She's a pretty dispensable bassist. Sonic Youth would not be the same without her but talent is not the right word. Also, yes, Billy Corgan is a baby. But saying The Smashing Pumpkins were not "punk rock" is like saying the sky is not red. Thanks for the insight Kim.

    6 Mar 2:07pm Reply
  • vturi

    kim can write about who the fuck she wants, she does have more talent than most of all

    4 Mar 10:21pm Reply
  • interhole

    dont be a crybaby over billy being a crybaby.

    4 Mar 10:13pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Yeah, writing about Billy Corgan is going to get people buying your book. What stupid logic.

    4 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    удивительно, но это едва ли не единственная группа американской альтернативы 80-х, слушать которую не противно.

    3 Mar 12:04pm Reply
  • trakl15

    Hallelujah my friends! It's later than it seems! #kimgordon

    28 Feb 10:13pm Reply
  • Groves89

    Anyone read Kim Gordon's book yet? Just wondering how bad it is. I see she took to taking pot shots at Billy Corgan and making ridiculous statements about his band in 2015 of all years. Whatever gets your book to sell, I guess.

    27 Feb 12:00am Reply
  • usamike

    "Saucer Like" song should be higher in the top parade of Sonic Youth !! a great song

    14 Feb 8:26am Reply
  • avantlesbian

    I'm so into them lately oh my gdo

    10 Feb 8:11am Reply
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