Kim Gordon’s autobiography drops Feb. 24 (via HarperCollins) and it’s the first must-read music book of the year. On this week’s edition of Billboard’s alternative and rock music podcast, we’re excited to premiere the first few pages of Girl in a Band via the audiobook version, read by Kim herself.
The excerpt brings us to Sonic Youth’s final gig — a Nov. 14, 2011 festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil — and Gordon has some harsh words for Thurston Moore.
But that’s not all. At the end of the show — after host Chris Payne and Billboard editor/writer Tye Comer give their Kim and Sonic Youth insights — we’re treated to the premiere of new music from Kim. It’s a sparse, bone-chilling guitar-and-vocals cut called “Close Your Eyes,” which Gordon wrote for the ballet Les Biches, a part of London’s Frieze Art Fair in fall 2014. Listen to the end for a little instrumental surprise that adds to the song’s haunting persona.
To get a chance to score Gordon’s memoir, just tweet @billboard with the hashtag #AltInOurStars and you’ll be entered to win the book, along with a T-shirt. Five winners will be chosen randomly.
The Alt In Our Stars returns next week (Feb. 27) with an interview with Andrew McMahon (Andrew McMahon in the Willderness, Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate).
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