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"I felt pressured to be happy and free even though I was too young to be a hippie." — Kim Gordon on her teenage years

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Sonic Youth, 1986

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Sonic Youth in Leeds, UK
Photo by Greg Neate

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Dim Stars: Thurston Moore, Don Fleming, Steve Shelley, Richard Hell

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Sonic Youth in Rotterdam, 1985
Thurston’s holding NON record «Pagan Muzak»
Photo by Carlos Van Hijfte

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Free Kitten

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Sonic Youth (1988)
Photo by Michael Lavine

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Kim Gordon and Nirvana
Photo by Larry Busacca

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"Our bands were playing the Reading Festival in 1991, just before Nevermind went ballistic. Toward the end of an absolutely raging set, Kurt leapt over the monitors and into the photo pit where Dave Markey just happened to be shooting our tour film, The Year Punk Broke. Hundreds of arms reached out to grab him. Kurt, still playing, made his way over to Markey, stuck his mouth to the camera mike, and said, ‘This is a blues scale in E,’ poking fun at himself and every guitar hero ever."
Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)

David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone and more remember Nirvana

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Iggy Pop, Kim Gordon, Michael Franti

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Sonic Youth
Photo by Alessio Pizzicannella

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Free Kitten (Leicester, 1993)
Photo by Greg Neate

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Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui before Sonic Youth concert in NYC, 2002
Photo by Caroline Torem Craig

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Sonic Youth, 1992