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Thurston Moore is a singer-songwriter, composer, poet, author and publisher. In 1976, at eighteen years of age, he moved to New York City and devoted himself to music and literature. In 1980, he founded and named the celebrated experimental rock band Sonic Youth, releasing their first album in 1981.
As a witness and confidante to the significant events of his time, Thurston has used the power of songwriting and poetry to express his experience as an artist both in the city and on the road. He reflects on the New York School poetry scenes of Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley, the late 1970s CBGB/Max’s nightclub scene of punk rock poets Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, as well as the radical energy of the No Wave and Hardcore scenes, all of which would wildly shape his aesthetic.
Thurston first toured Europe in 1980 with composer Glenn Branca and later with Sonic Youth before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the westernization of the Soviet Union and prior to the US invasions in the Middle East. His writing is documentation from living day to day in his first apartment on Thirteenth Street and Avenue A to his feelings as a young American abroad. With humour, pathos and a fascination for poetics he allows writing to bring to light the various scenes, as well as the longing he feels we all share for peace, and for a place to call home.
From early memories of his father playing Classical piano to the direct engagement of rock and soul, to the excitement of dissonance in late 20th Century avant-garde composition and the devotion to improvisation in both jazz and noise, a deep well of rhythms, musical systems and phrases, poetry and lyric writing has been instrumental to Thurston’s development as an artist. His music and writing is a dialogue of art and emotion, an investigation into the dream world.
Since 2011, Thurston Moore has been on faculty at the summer writing program at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado – a school founded by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg in 1974 in accordance with the Buddhist scholar Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This year, Thurston will commence as a Professor of Music at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
Rough Trade have teamed up with Thurston Moore’s publishing house Ecstatic Peace Library and have a global worldwide exclusive for the whole month of September or until stocks last. Hand numbered and limited to 700 copies only.
LIVE EVENTS + SIGNING
Thurston Moore will be reading, in conversation and signing books at all Rough Trade stores over the coming weeks. See below for dates and more information.
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