When Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth Lived on Eldridge Street

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 at 9:30 am by
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Photo: StereogumSonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon just released her new memoir called Girl in a Band yesterday. The new book touches upon, among other subject matter, two distinct breakups. That of the band and her twenty-seven-year marriage to Thurston Moore.

Still sad. It had been an alt-rock marriage meant to last. The duo split in the fall of 2011. Apparently her beaux had been involved in an affair with another woman, and “eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him.” That was that.

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84 Eldridge Street


So, in light of the publication, we found it fitting to delve into how the two originally met. For that we mine Sonic Truth, which reprints Thurston’s thoughts:

She moved into a raw railway apartment on Eldridge Street, below Grand Street. The artist Dan
 Graham lived upstairs and had acquired the place for her. She invited me over one evening and I played this beat-up guitar she had. I knew the guitar because it belonged to an associate of the Coachmen gang, who left it at Jenny Holzer’s loft, where Kim had stayed, and somehow it was passed on to her. All she had was the guitar and a foam-rubber cushion for sleeping. That night was the first time we kissed.

The Eldridge Street apartment referenced above was actually located at number 84, just south of Grand Street. Curious to see how the duo lived back in the day? Moore and Gordon actually filmed a Cribs-style documentary in their abode, circa fall 1988, forever preserved on YouTube in the following three parts.

Perhaps Girl in a Band talks more of these early years…?

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