Blair Reads Books! #3: Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon



First off, I (slightly) changed the name of this series to the Blair Reads Books.  Less pretentious, more alliterative, etc.  Also, I'm nixing the documentary series part.  I want to find a way to maybe still include documentaries in the future, but for now it was reading a little too wordy doing both in one post.  Also, I've added a VIDEO feature to this series!  I'm trying to get a feel for if people like reading about books or would prefer something more interactive like a video.  I'm testing the waters with a solo YouTube series that will cover normal fashion blog gone moving picture topics, but it will host an array of cultural and lifestyle points as well with my own unique spin.  Stay tuned as I get my feet wet and please subscribe HERE!

Secondly, this week I review a book by one of my idols, Kim Gordon!  For those unfamiliar with her she was in the band Sonic Youth (my favorite) from it's inception to it's breakup, and has had a host of other side projects throughout her life.  


Why anyone would like this book: It is lost on me why anyone would not want to read the biography on Kim Gordon!!

Semi kidding, but honestly I found this to be a very interesting book and would have been fascinated even if I had never heard of Sonic Youth.  Kim Gordon is an original and interesting personality, and yet her writing is accessible to all.

How polarizing is this book? Not.  It's a biography written in accessible language, and the person the book is about is not an across the board offensive human being.




Summary and points of interest:  Honestly, I think I put off reading this book for about a year because I was afraid of not liking this book.  Sonic Youth and it's members are somewhat elusive, especially Kim, and lifting the curtain on your heroes can be a scary thing as there's no guarantee that you're going to like what you see.  Plus, they are broken up with no current signs of a reunion so this may be one of the last morsels left to enjoy.  (Not counting their side projects.)  Choosing to read this was an adventure in "high risk/high reward" territory for me.

Once I began reading, I was hooked on the first page and was nothing short of impressed with Kim's writing style.  She was accessible without being overly detailed, explained who and why she is the way she is without being defensive, and even in effortless ways I saw a lot of class in the way she dealt with life.  Kim Gordon was always a hero of mine because Sonic Youth means the world to me and unlocked something within myself that I couldn't quantify before finding them.  But after reading this book, I consider her a mega hero because I believe her to be the kind of woman any woman should look up to.  I remember at one point her now ex-husband, Thurston Moore, talked about how friend Kurt Cobain really respected Kim a lot and now I totally get why that was probably the case.

Would I recommend this book and if so, to who? Probably anyone.  If Sonic Youth isn't your jam, I still think it would be an interesting read.  Most people like to read about lives that are filled with complexity, introspection, and a little bit of rock and roll is thrown in there never hurts.  But obviously if you're a SY or big music fan in general, as well as someone who may be in the arts of some kind, I'd definitely recommend Girl in a Band.

Things to look out for: I can honestly think of nothing to warn you about.




Readability:  Pretty easy read.

Did I like it? Yes, in a "I need to rearrange my top 10 favorite books of all time way to make room for this book" kind of way!


Outfit Details:
Brooch- Erstwilder via DNJ Retro
Suspender Skirt- Unique Vintage (similar and similar)
Shoes- Nine West via Amazon

Similar books I'd recommend: 
  • Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth by David Browne- This is a Sonic Youth biography that I read years back.  I found Gordon's book to be a far more enjoyable read, but this is a good back to basics of the Sonic Youth history book.
  • Love is a Mixed Tape by Rob Sheffield:  This is one I'll reference for most books about music, as it's my favorite book of all-time.  Instead of being an autobiography about a musician, it's a memoir about a music critic and journalist who relates his love of his late wife through the music they loved.  
What are some of your favorite biographies/memoirs by people YOU admire?  Have any recommendations for me?  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!




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  1. Nice lifestyle and dress are nice as well. I really love this lifestyle. This awesome fashion model, a nice dress I fall in love it. Regards, Brian Keo a writer at Blogger Widget

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  2. Fun! I didn't know Kim Gordon wrote a biography! You have given it such a glowing review. I'm definitely adding this to my to read list! :)

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  3. Cute look!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
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  4. Hi Lauren...I don't think I realized you lived in Denver until I saw the light rail whizzing behind you in the photo!!Hi & love your style!
    jodie
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  5. I love the outfit, and I find the book interesting. Thanks for reviewing it.
    Much love,
    Mona

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  6. again you look so stunning my dear, that colors look amazing on you <3
    http://www.youtube.com/c/MissLovelyAttitude
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  7. Your jumper skirt is bringing me good vibes. It's vibrant and bright and perfect for summer! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA // New post

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  8. I like books that suck you in right from the start!! I recently started reading a book called "Never Have I Ever... My Life So Far Without a Date" it's humorously written and details the dating life (from aged Kindergarten, lol, and on up) of the author Katie Heaney.

    Cute suspender skirt!! Love the sunny yellow!



    Amber
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  9. I love this! I read all the time and never thought to combine the style + books together. This jumper is soooo cute! It looks so great with your hair!

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  10. Cute look! The book sounds like an interesting read.
    Florals&Smiles

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  11. That jumper skirt is so cute! Love the stripe design... you look so chic! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  12. your skirt is so cute, I love the yellow gingham
    xo
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  13. so in love with this colourful look
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  14. Very cool critic of the book Lauren! Love your striped skirts as well! ;)
    And now, back to Sense and Sensibility for me!;)
    ♥☻♥☻♥
    Jeanne
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  15. You are a YouTube natural! Loved your video! And I'll be sure to subscribe! This sounds like an awesome book! I have been so slow on reading lately... I really need to get some new books on my kindle!

    Also, your suspender skirt is the cutest thing ever! I want it immediately! :)

    I hope you're having a great week, Lauren!

    ~Lindsey
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  16. Love your skirt! Looks so pretty!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  17. Gorgeous look! I love your skirt!
    XX
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  18. I love your skirt :)
    They go hand in hand with your vibrant red heels.

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  19. Great dress and you look gorgeous...lovely cute skirt...xoxo, Neha

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  20. This look is soooo cute! I love the suspender skirt. I definitely need one of those. You are so wonderful doing videos! A youtube channel for your blog is a must and would be a great addition. Plus, its just cool getting to see you live and in action haha.

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  21. I really adore your ootd here, especially the Yellow skirt :)

    - Lily Widjaja
    www.Glowlicious.Me

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  22. Loving your yellow and pink! Thanks for sharing these finds.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  23. I love books that have you hooked from the first page! Need to check this one out. Lovely video, I posted today my first ever video!

    xo
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  24. I love your outfit, girlie, the colors are so pretty together! I'm swooning over that suspender skirt! You really are a natural in front of the camera, I feel as though we're talking face to face and it doesn't come off super edited and animated, very real and down to earth, I love it! Congrats on the official launch of your channel, I look forward to your upcoming videos! I hope you're having the best start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  25. Love the white + yellow stripes here, lady! So fun!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  26. Your dress is just the cutest, your so pretty! I am loving your blog too, would be lovely if we could follow each other and stay in touch, let me know what you think! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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  27. Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon's biography seems to be very good! The way you reviewed it made me want to read it, saying she deals with class, it's accessible, and she has an amazing personality! By the way, I loved the train in the background, and your suspender striped skirt, and Sonic Youth tee! Always beautiful and very stylish! You are really sweet, I love reading your words - here or comments. Last week I was a bit down (it happens once a year :) and reading your words were so nice, thank you! Hope you have a very nice week!
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  28. It sounds like an interesting read. I'm reading Me Before You right now.

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  29. Such a gorgeous look! Your skirt is super cute, love the yellow gingham. x

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  30. Very cool spot for a photo shoot! I especially like the image with the blurred train speeding past behind you.

    And how fabulous is your yellow and white striped jumper dress? Love it to bits!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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