Kim Gordon saved a section in her book, Girl in a Band, in order to slam Lana Del Rey. Gordon found an issue with Del Rey’s take on feminism, for which she says Del Rey doesn’t know anything about. During a 2014 interview with The Fader, Del Rey said feminism is not an interesting concept. “I’m more interested in, you know, Space X and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested,” Del Rey told the magazine. She added, “My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants.”
The singer’s comments did not sit well with Gordon, and so she voiced her opinion in the memoir. “Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey, who doesn’t even know what feminism is, who believes it means women can do whatever they want,” Gordon wrote. She continued, “Which in her world, tilts towards self-destruction, whether it’s sleeping with gross older men or being a transient biker queen. Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it’s just a persona.” Gordon concluded, “If she really truly believes it’s beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn’t she just off herself?” Lana Del Rey has not responded to Gordon’s comments. Girl in a Band will be out on February 24th.
The memoir also addresses the rise and fall of her band, Sonic Youth. Gordon and Thurston Moore formed the band in 1981, and the two married in 1984. The couple would eventually split in 2011, and Sonic Youth pretty much disappeared. It wasn’t until two years later that Gordon revealed that Thurston had an affair. “It ended in a normal way. Midlife crisis- starstruck woman,” Gordon told Elle magazine. The singer said her then husband had an affair with Eva Prinz, an art book editor. Thurston also said the band was not able to function because of him and Gordon’s personal matters. The Eternal was the band’s fifteenth and last album, which was six years ago. Gordon later formed Body/Head with Bill Nace, and they released the album Coming Apart in 2013. The album featured rock renditions of Nina Simone‘s folk songs “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” and “Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair). Ironically, most of the songs on the Coming Apart album featured feminist-themed lyrics.