|Birth name||Thurston Joseph Moore|
|Also known as||Mirror
|Born||(1958-07-25) July 25, 1958 (age 62)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) is an American musician best known as a member of Sonic Youth.
He has also participated in many solo and group collaborations outside Sonic Youth, as well as running the Ecstatic Peace!
Moore was ranked 34th in Rolling Stone's 2004 edition of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
In 2012, Moore started a new band Chelsea Light Moving, with their first track, "Burroughs", released as a free download.
Chelsea Light Moving eponymous debut was released on March 5, 2013.
Since 2015, Chelsea Light Moving has disbanded, after 1 studio album release.
Moore and the other members of the band continue to make music under his solo project and other bands.
Moore was born July 25, 1958, at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida, to George E. Moore and Eleanor Nann Moore, and moved with his family (including brother Frederick Eugene Moore, born 1953, and sister Susan Dorothy Moore, born 1956) in 1967 to Bethel, Connecticut.
He attended St. Joseph's School in Danbury, followed by St. Mary's School in Bethel and attended Bethel High School from 1973–76.
He enrolled at Western Connecticut State University in fall 1976, but left after one quarter and moved to East 13th Street between Aves A and B in New York City to join the burgeoning post-punk and no wave music scenes.
In 1980 he moved in with Kim Gordon to an apartment at 84 Eldridge St. below artist Dan Graham, eventually befriending him, sometimes using records from Graham's collection for mix tapes.
Moore has spoken about influences on his music tastes at this time, including British bands Wire, the Pop Group, the Raincoats, the Slits, and Public Image Ltd ("I used to have these fantasies in the 70s about leaving New York and coming to London to hang out with Public Image").
Main article: Sonic Youth
Moore, with Gordon, Anne Demarinis and Dave Keay formed a band, appearing under names like Male Bonding, Red Milk, and the Arcadians, before settling on Moore's choice of Sonic Youth just before June 1981.
The band played Noise Fest in June 1981 at New York's White Columns gallery, where Lee Ranaldo was playing as a member of Glenn Branca's electric guitar ensemble as well as in duo with David Linton as Avoidance Behavior.
Moore invited Ranaldo, who he had known when The Coachmen shared a CBGB stage with Ranaldo's 1970s band The Flux, to join the band.
The new trio played three songs at the festival later in the week without a drummer.
Each band member took turns playing the drums, until they met drummer Richard Edson.
Moore and Ranaldo make extensive use of unusual guitar tunings, often heavily modifying their instruments to provide unusual timbres and drones.
They are known for bringing upwards of fifty guitars to every gig, using some guitars for one song only.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Moore and Ranaldo the 33rd and 34th Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
When Steve Albini accused corporate labels of ripping off artists Moore wrote in response that a band "getting butt fucked by corporate labels [must] be really stupid".
He defended the band's decision to sign with DGC Records explaining that they knew what they were getting into and viewed it more as "buying in" than "selling out".
Weinberg was surprised by the request to emulate a recording as primitive as Bleach (which was recorded on a $600 budget).
Moore has said that he "really love[s] that record", describing it as "primal" and the songwriting as "completely melodious" but also "punk".
In 2011, Moore and his wife, Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon, separated; shortly afterward, Sonic Youth went on indefinite hiatus.
Though his marriage was ending Moore never claimed that Sonic Youth was finished.
Work outside Sonic Youth
In addition to his work with Sonic Youth, Moore has also released albums as a solo artist.
He and Gordon released a few songs as Mirror/Dash.
Moore established Protest Records as an online gesture of activism but the project has since lapsed.
Moore has collaborated with scores of musicians, including Maryanne Amacher, Lydia Lunch, DJ Spooky, William Hooker, Daniel Carter, Christian Marclay, Mike Watt, Loren Mazzacane Connors, William Winant, The Thing, Nels Cline, Cock E.S.P. , John Moloney, Glenn Branca, Yamantaka Eye, My Cat is an Alien., John Russell, Steve Noble, John Edwards, Haino Keiji, John Zorn, Yoko Ono, Takehisa Kosugi, and others.
Moore performed solo on the side stage of the 1993 Lollapalooza tour.
In 2000 he contributed improvised guitar pieces for a collaborative project with conceptual artist/guitarist Marco Fusinato.
He recorded with the band at Sonic Youth's former studio in Manhattan, and later performed with them at the George W. Bush "anti-inaugural" Noise Against Fascism concert in Washington, D.C., which Moore curated, named in reference to Sonic Youth's 1992 song "Youth Against Fascism".
Moore curated the "Nightmare Before Christmas" weekend of the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in December 2006.
On September 18, 2007, Moore's label Ecstatic Peace released a solo album titled Trees Outside The Academy.
The album also features collaborations between Mascis and Charalambides' Christina Carter, who performs a duet with Moore on the track, "Honest James."
The song was recorded for the teenage drama Gossip Girl and was featured in the episode "There Might Be Blood".
Since 2008, Moore has provided narration for a variety of documentaries on the National Geographic Channel.
His work includes Inside: Straight Edge and the Hard Time series about life in prison.
In 2012 Moore started a new band called Chelsea Light Moving.
Their first track, "Burroughs", was released as a free download.
Their eponymous debut album was released on March 5, 2013.
The release coincided with the 2013 SXSW Festival where they made numerous appearances including a free show at Mellow Johnny's bike shop.
In April 2018, Moore presented at London's Barbican Centre his work 'Galaxies', an experimental 12-string guitar ensemble.
Work on film soundtracks
In 1994, Moore teamed up with Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs, Don Fleming of Gumball, Mike Mills of R.E.M. , and Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters, to form the Backbeat Band, which recorded the soundtrack album to the movie Backbeat.
In 2007, Moore also appeared with noise/improv group Original Silence, featuring Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, guitarist Terrie Ex, Jim O'Rourke, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and bassist Massimo Pupillo.
The group released the live album The First Original Silence in 2007, on Oslo (Norway) label SmallTown Superjazz, and a second album The Second Original Silence in 2008.
Record label and writings
Moore and other Sonic Youth members published the irreverent music zine Sonic Death.
Moore runs the record label Ecstatic Peace!
Since the demise of Arthur, Bull Tongue exists as a fanzine edited by Coley and features underground music writing.
Moore created, with Chris Habib, the website Protest Records, named for its protest against United States' invasions in the Middle East.
Moore was the editor/overseer of the 2005 book Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture.
He published a highly influential list of collectible free jazz records in Grand Royal magazine.
Ecstatic Peace Library is the book publishing company founded by Thurston Moore and visual book editor Eva Prinz in 2010.
On June 9, 1984, Moore married Sonic Youth bassist/vocalist Kim Gordon.
They have a daughter: Coco Hayley Gordon Moore (born July 1, 1994).
On October 14, 2011, the couple announced that they were separating due to an extramarital affair Moore engaged in with art book editor Eva Prinz, who was also married at the time.
Moore and Gordon divorced in 2013.
In November 2019, along with other public figures, Moore signed a letter supporting Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn describing him as "a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world" and endorsed him in the 2019 UK general election.
Moore is a key figure in the popularization and resurrection of the Fender Jazzmaster.
In 2009, Fender introduced a Lee Ranaldo signature edition of a Sapphire Blue Transparent version featuring two Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups and a Forest Green transparent finish for Moore, equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Jazzmaster single-coil pickups.
- Psychic Hearts (Geffen, 1995)
- Trees Outside the Academy (Ecstatic Peace!, 2007)
- Demolished Thoughts (Matador, 2011) (UK chart peak: No. 119)
- The Best Day (Matador, 2014) (UK chart peak: No. 78)
- Rock n Roll Consciousness (Caroline, 2017) (UK chart peak: No. 65)
- By the Fire (2020)
With Sonic Youth
Main article: Sonic Youth discography
With Chelsea Light Moving
- 2013 Chelsea Light Moving
With Pvre Matrix
- 2015 Burning Sulfur
With Thurston Moore Group
- 2019 Spirit Counsel
- 1990 – Barefoot in the Head – with Jim Sauter & Don Dietrich, liner notes by Thomas Pynchon
- 1993 – Shamballa – with William Hooker & Elliott Sharp
- 1995 – Klangfarbenmelodie & the Colorist Strikes Primitive – with Tom Surgal
- 1996 – Pillow Wand – with Nels Cline
- 1996 – Piece for Yvonne Rainer – with Yoshimi & Mark Ibold
- 1997 – MMMR – with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Jean-Marc Montera & Lee Ranaldo (Numero Zero Audio)
- 1998 – Foot – with Don Fleming & Jim Dunbar
- 1998 – Root – Remix Project
- 1999 – The Promise – with Evan Parker & Walter Prati
- 2000 – New York – Ystad – Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Mats Gustafsson
- 2000 – TM/MF – Thurston Moore, Marco Fusinato
- 2001 – Three Incredible Ideas – Thurston Moore/Walter Prati/Giancarlo Schiaffini
- 2012 – Yokokimthurston – Yoko Ono,/Thurston Moore/Kim Gordon
- 2013 – "@" – John Zorn/Thurston Moore
- 2014 – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper – Merzbow/Balázs Pándi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore
- 2014 – Live – The Thing & Thurston Moore
- 2018 – Cuts Up Cuts Out - Merzbow/Balázs Pándi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore
Limited edition noise, experimental, drone
- 2006 – Flipped Out Bride 12 (Blossoming Noise, 2006), limited edition of 500 blue marbled vinyl
- 2006 – Free/Love (Blossoming Noise, 2006), limited edition of 90 cassettes
- 2007 – Black Weeds-White Death (Meudiademorte, 2007), limited edition of 200 cassettes
- 2008 – Sensitive/Lethal
- 2008 – Blindfold (Destructive Industries), limited edition of 200 cassettes
- 2008 – Built for Lovin (Lost Treasures of the Underworld), limited edition of 500 vinyl
- 2010 – Suicide Notes for Acoustic Guitar EP
- 2010 – Schwarze Polizei with Kommissar Hjuler, Goaty Tapes, limited edition of 50 cassettes
- 2004 – Thurston Moore - Kapotte Muziek by Thurston Moore Korm Plastics, Kapotte Muziek)
- 2007 – The Roadhouse Session Vol. 1 with Chris Corsano/Paul Flaherty/Wally Shoup
- 2008 – Untitled with Paul Flaherty, Bill Nace
- 2011 – Les Anges Du Péché with Jean-Marc Montera, Lee Ranaldo
- 2011 – Solo Acoustic Volume Five – Part of the VDSQ (Vin Du Select Qualitite) acoustic guitar series
- 2013 – @ with John Zorn
- 1996 – Piece for Jetsun Dolma with Tom Surgal and William Winant at Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, released by Les Disques VICTO
- 2012 – Play Some Fucking Stooges with Mats Gustafsson on tour in 2009. Limited edition of 450 copies.
- 2013 – Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar with Mats Gustafsson, Cafe OTO, September 22 & 23, 2012. Limited edition of 1000 copies.
- 2013 – The Only Way to Go is Straight Through with Loren Connors, NYC 2012. Limited edition of 3,000 copies.
- 2013 – Comes Through in the Call Hold with Clark Coolidge, Anne Waldman, Harry Smith cottage at Naropa, June 30, 2012, released by Fast Speaking Music.
- 2013 – Last Notes with Joe McPhee, Bill Nace, Roulette NYC, May 31, 2012. Limited vinyl edition of 250 copies.
Caught on Tape series
- 2012 – Fundamental Sunshine (Antwerp-Paris-Rotterdam-Amsterdam March 20–23, 2012. Cassette)
- 2012 – Caught on Tape (Recorded live to cassette in Europe – March 2012. Limited edition of 133 hand numbered copies)
- 2013 – Acting the Maggot (recorded at the Beachland Ballroom 2012. Limited edition of 120 lps)
- 2013 – Fundamental Sunshine (Cassette)
- 2013 – Banjaxed Blues (Recorded in Baltimore, MD in December 2012 and Belfast, Northern Ireland in January 2013. Edition of 45 copies)
- 2013 – Irish-American Prayer (Live in Brooklyn December 2012. Limited CDr)
With Diskaholics Anonymous Trio
- 2001 – Diskaholics Anonymous Trio (Recorded at Kulturbro Ystad-Österlen, Sweden, 2000)
- 2006 – Weapons of Ass Destruction (Recorded live, Ystads Teater, Sweden, October 6, 2002)
- 2006 – Live in Japan Vol. 1 (Recorded live, Tokyo, Japan, 2002)
With Original Silence
- 2007 – The First Original Silence (Recorded live, Teatro Ariosto, Reggio Emilia, Italy, September 30, 2005 )
- 2008 – The Second Original Silence (Recorded live, Brancaleone, Rome, September 28, 2005 )
With Glenn Branca
- 1981 – Symphony No. 1 "Tonal Plexus" with Glenn Branca, Lee Ranaldo, Anne DeMarinis
- 1982 – Symphony No. 2 "The Peak of the Sacred"
- 1983 – Symphony No. 3 "Gloria" – Music for the first 127 intervals of the harmonic series
With the Coachmen
- 1979 – Failure to Thrive
- "The Church Should Be for the Outcasts, Not a Church That Casts People Out" (7") [as Male Slut] (1995)
- "Sputnik", with Don Fleming on one side, Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom on the other. Gilltery vinyl (1997)
- "Wonderful Witches" (2007)
- From the Earth to the Spheres (split with My Cat Is An Alien, 2004)
- Thrash Sabbatical (Deathbomb Arc, 2008 four-way split 12" + 2x7" w/Men Who Can't Love, Barrabarracuda, Kevin Shields)
- Mature, Lonely + Out of Control/Alternative Hair Styles (Nihilist, 2008 split LP with Graham Moore)
- 1992 – Do You Wanna Dance, Dim Stars
- 1994 – Monster, R.E.M.
- 1997 – Legend of the Blood Yeti, XIII Ghosts & Derek Bailey
- 1998 – Velvet Goldmine – Music from the Original Motion Picture, "T.V. Eye" with the Wylde Ratttz
- 2007 – Touch the Iceberg, Owl Xounds Exploding Galaxy)
- 2017 — 7/11, Moore's remix of L'homme à la caméra by Un Drame Musical Instantané (transparent vinyl)
- "Ono Soul" (1995)
- "Circulation" (2011)
- "Speak To The Wild" (2014)
- "Smoke Of Dreams" (2017)
- "Aphrodite" (2017)
- "Cantaloupe" (2020)
- Alabama Wildman (2000)
- Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture (2005)
- Grunge (with Michael Lavine, 2009)
- Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy (with Abby Banks, Timothy Findlen, 2007)
- No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976–1980. (with Byron Coley, 2008)
- James Hamilton: You Should Have Heard Just What I Seen (with James Hamilton, 2010)
- Lion: Only Noise (And Poems) (2011)
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