Published Jan 10, 2014Stepping aside from her new Body/Head project, former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon will issue her previously announced collection of essays later this month, ahead of her upcoming memoirs Girl in a Band.
Edited by Branden W. Joseph, Is It My Body? Selected Texts will be delivered sometime this month through the UK's Sternberg Press, with copies going for 15 ($22 Canadian). As previously noted, the 182-page soft cover comprises essays penned by Gordon for arts and culture magazines in the '80s and '90s. Covered in the book are issues relating to contemporary art, music, gender roles and architecture.
On the music side of things, Gordon's essays analyze figures like Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham, while elsewhere she is said to discuss the artwork of Raymond Pettibon. Also included is a conversation piece between Gordon and German artist Jutta Koether.
The publisher sums everything up like this:
Ranging from neo-Conceptual artworks to broader forms of cultural criticism, these rare texts are brought together in this volume for the first time, placing Gordon's writing within the context of the artist-critics of her generation, including Mike Kelley, John Miller, and Dan Graham. In addressing key stakes within contemporary art, architecture, music, and the performance of male and female gender roles, Gordon provides a prescient analysis of such figures as Kelley, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Tony Oursler, and Raymond Pettibon, in addition to reflecting on her own position as a woman on stage. The result — Is It My Body? — is a collection that feels as timely now as when it was written.
You can learn more about the book here.
Meanwhile, it's still unclear when Gordon will deliver her Girl in a Band memories for HarperCollins. As previously reported, the book "chronicle [Gordon's] choice to leave Los Angeles in the early '80s for the post-punk scene in New York City, where she formed Sonic Youth."
Thanks to FACT/The Wire for the tip.