There's only so many small shows you can do. A lot of the smaller things are more side project things. Not everything is appropriate for Sonic Youth to do.— Kim Gordon
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I'm not saying Sonic Youth was a conceptual-art project for me, but in a way it was an extension of Warhol. Instead of making criticism about popular culture, as a lot of artists do, I worked within it to do something.
When Punk Rock happened, it created an opening in the culture.
.. it made it ok to think you could play music, even though you had no musical training.
If you don't fit into a certain type, there's a lot of strength in just being who you are.
Rap music is really good when you're traumatized.
I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men-white male corporate society. So why wouldnt a woman want to rebel against that?
I just think that playing bass, like punk rock bass with a pick, wasn't meant to be done for 25 years.
There is something wonderful about singing and writing music, I think there is something special about creativity and the ability humans have in that area.
There's the added element of adrenaline if you're performing.
You're aware of spatial relationships and the music.
I always wanted to rebel.
You know, we have our own audience, and it's not like - they just know we're not going to do certain things.
You can't be a strong or cool woman and be represented except in a harsh way, looking mean and cold and hard. It's like reverse sexism.
It's really hard for me to sing and play bass.
Unless you're singing something that's kind of in rhythm with the bass, the melodies, it's just difficult.
Well, it was kind of accidental that Jim started playing with us, although it wasn't sudden... we hadn't really looked around to think who could be a fifth member.
No one ever questions the disorder behind her tarantula LA glamour – sociopathy, narcissism – because it’s good rock and roll, good entertainment! I have a low tolerance for manipulative, egomaniacal behaviour, and usually have to remind myself that the person might be mentally ill.
Because our daughters have school and it's just such a hassle going down to New York all the time, we can really only go on the weekends, we kind of... Steve came up here and worked out stuff for the second half of the record.
Someone once wrote that in between the lives we lead and the lives we fantasize about living is the place in our heads where most of us actually live.
Clothes are signifiers and symbols of how people communicate with each other.
For me performing has a lot to do with being fearless.
I was talking to somebody about the L.
A. hardcore scene, and they were saying that it was hard for them to picture punk rock at the beach. Like, the aesthetic didn't mix or something - black forms in the sand.
No one talks about woman power. The Spice Girls - they're masquerading as little girls. It's repulsive.
Women are natural anarchists...
Many designers are gay men making clothes for women.
Sometimes I think fashion is more of a conversation between men than it is for women.
I'm aware of how pop culture really infiltrates your expectations in a way that even if you think you're savvy about pop culture, it's so hard not to have these expectations of what a relationship should be. So I constantly feel like I have to bat those expectations down.
L.A. prides itself on newness or being the last frontier or just not liking old things and tearing them down to build new things.
And then, I was thinking of doing a record just like starting with voice, because I did this one song that was just kind of a cappella, and I did it for this art piece I did where people could come and play music to go with a voice.
Fashion, at modern time, was actually a way for women to go out in the world.
There was one painting of a woman sitting at a café, drinking a beer by herself and kind of pretending to read but really watching people, that sort of thing. It fascinated me.
I really like Olivier Assayas filmmaking. He always has this global - economy thing going on.
The love for a child is more an unconditional sort of love .
.. Although some parents are really narcissistic. In general, I think there is an expectation that love will be unconditional, but obviously it's not - even after living with someone for years.
In The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson turns 'making the personal public' into a romantic, intellectual wet dream. A gorgeous book, inventive, fearless, and full of heart.
When I was young, there was never any space for me to get attention of my own that wasn't negative. Art, and the practice of making art, was the only space that was mine alone, where I could be anyone and do anything, where just by using my head and my hands I could cry, or laugh, or get pissed off.
Culturally we don't allow women to be as free as they would like, because that is frightening. We either shun those women or deem them crazy… But being that woman who pushes the boundaries means you also bring in less desirable aspects of yourself. At the end of the day, women are expected to hold up the world, not annihilate it.
I see it as more of a teenage activity than, you know, she's only 11, but you know, I think it's great that she knows so many girls who want to play music. And I see it more as a teen activity than I do as going into music.
People pay to see others believe in themselves.
In retrospect, it's ridiculous that anyone saw me as a fashion icon, since all I was trying to do was to dumb down my middle-class look by messing with my hair. Throughout the eighties I was invariably half-sure and half-confident about whatever it was I wore…Still, I've always believed—still do—that the radical is far more interesting when it looks benign and ordinary on the outside.
I always felt like an outsider to the music world in a certain way.
There was so much less of an art culture in L.A. - and particularly in the South Bay.
I always think of baseball as so existential.
Like, you're just out there in a field, in a big expanse of green grass.
The clothes in themselves are empty. But what they throw off and what clothes mean as signifiers is incredibly interesting - to see what people do with it. That's more interesting to me than flipping through a magazine or seeing the fall look.
I'm really nostalgic for Malibu area because I've spent so much time there.
People don't think of California as having a history.
At the end of the day, women are expected to hold up the world, not annihilate it.
I really want to start playing basketball. Basketball and ping-pong are my two forms of exercise.
Everyone's so interior now, they're not really looking around them. They're on their phones.
I think of myself as unconventional. I maybe always had a problem with authority, like a stubbornness about what's expected - despite wanting to get some recognition through performing - but also not always wanting to do the expected thing.
It's hard to write about a love story with a broken heart.
I mean, I don't even think of myself as a musician, really.
I just happened to start playing music for the conceptual ideas.
Political art never goes away. I started watching The West Wing show recently and I'm actually learning about how the government works in a way. It's kind of embarrassing.
My parents lived by Rancho Park. And my mom, later in life, got into playing golf. She and her male cronies would get up at five in the morning and sneak onto the back nine. I kind of just started getting into it. For a long time I was really puzzled by why people liked it.
I tend to want to listen to melancholy music, but sometimes if you're feeling too sad, you can't.