Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon: Courtney Love ‘Might Be Mentally Ill’ + Billy Corgan ‘Is a Crybaby’
2011 was a tumultuous year for Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, not only did she split from her husband of 27-years, Sonic Youth guitarist and vocalist Thurston Moore, but the band split up shortly after. It was during that time that she started writing her memoir, ‘Girl in a Band.’ The book will hit stores on Feb. 24, but U.K.’s The Guardian got their hands on the tome early. It looks to be an interesting, albeit somber read.
In her book, Gordon writes about her encounters with Courtney Love. As you may recall, she was a co-producer on Hole’s debut record, ‘Pretty on the Inside’. The musician suggests Love might have a borderline personality disorder, writing, “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 behavior, and usually have to remind myself that the person might be mentally ill.”
It was during her role as co-producer for Hole that Gordon first got a glimpse into Love’s romantic life and choices, her pull towards Kurt Cobain and her relationship with Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan. Of the latter, Gordon had this to say, “Courtney asked us for advice about her 'secret affair’ with Billy Corgan. I thought, ‘Ewwww,’ at even the mention of Billy Corgan, whom nobody liked because he was such a crybaby, and Smashing Pumpkins took themselves way too seriously and were in no way punk rock.” While saying this about Love’s attraction to Cobain, “Uh-oh, train wreck coming.”
On a lighter note, Gordon also takes the time to compliment Black Flag and their former frontman Henry Rollins. She writes of seeing them play in California in someone’s kitchen during a house party, saying it was one of the best performances she’s ever seen. She also crowns Rollins the real inventor of twerking, “As the sound crashed and bounced off the refrigerator, counter and shelves, Henry Rollins twerked before twerking existed.”
In the memoir, she also talks about her time in Sonic Youth, her marriage, motherhood and more. You can pick up ‘Girl in a Band’ on Feb. 24 here.
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