Kim Althea Gordon is an American musician, songwriter, and visual artist. Born in Rochester, New York, Gordon was raised in Los Angeles, California, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. She later rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of the New York City-based alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which she formed with ex-husband Thurston Moore in 1981.
Gordon also formed the musical project Free Kitten with Julia Cafritz (of Pussy Galore) in the 1990s, and debuted as a producer on Hole’s debut album Pretty on the Inside (1991). Gordon also worked on a fashion line called X-Girl in 1993, and continued to write and release material with Sonic Youth throughout the 1990s and on into the late 2000s.
Gordon has collaborated with Ikue Mori, DJ Olive, William Winant, Lydia Lunch, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, Kathleen Hanna, and Chris Corsano. In 2012, after the breakup of Sonic Youth, Gordon formed Body/Head with friend Bill Nace, releasing their debut album Coming Apart in September 2013. Gordon’s memoir, Girl in a Band, was published in February 2015, by HarperCollins imprint Dey Street Books.
Birth name: Kim Althea Gordon
Born: April 28, 1953 (age 63)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres: Alternative rock noise rock indie rock experimental rock art rock no wave post-punk
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter producer fashion designer visual artist
Instruments: Vocals guitar bass tambourine harmonica
Years active: 1981–present
Labels: SST, Geffen, Matador
Associated acts: Sonic Youth Ciccone Youth Mirror/Dash Free Kitten Harry Crews CKM Anxious Rats Body/Head Glitterbust