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With Thurston Moore

Tom Robinson talks to former Sonic Youth songwriter and guitarist Thurston Moore about his career to date, the art of the guitar and his pioneering approach to the instrument.

Tom talks to the former Sonic Youth frontman, songwriter and guitarist about his career to date, focusing on the art of the guitar and his pioneering approach to the instrument.
His path into the post punk world was opened up by bands such as PIL, Wire and The Raincoats, and indeed he's stated that at that time he wanted to come to London to hang out with Public Image.
He formed with Kim Gordon in 1981, and recruited fellow guitar experimentalist Lee Ranaldo shortly after. They became known for their unusual guitar tunings and the use of heavily modified sounds. Sonic Youth rapidly established themselves as key players in the no-wave scene with their distinct brand of noise rock. Whilst they achieved limited commercial success they garnered much critical acclaim, and are a highly influential band.
Tom uses his experimental approach to the guitar as the narrative through the interview, moving from those early post punk influences, through the music of Sonic Youth and his side projects, to his most recent solo album The Best Day.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sonic Youth

    Sacred Trickster

  • Public Enemy

    Me to We

  • Bloch Eyot

    Do it Again

  • Benjamin Mason

    You'll Always Be My Girl

    • white.
  • Tabloids


    • white.
  • Public Image Ltd

    Double Trouble

  • Mr Fogg


  • Coyer Koya

    Radio Queen

    • white.
  • Sonic Youth

    Teen Age Riot

  • Thurston Moore

    The Best Day

    • Matador Records.
  • Patti Smith


  • Talking Heads


  • The Velvet Underground

    What Goes On

    • The Velvet Underground.
    • Polydor.
  • Sonic Youth

    Marilyn Moore

  • The Slits

    Love Und Romance

  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    • Geffen.
  • Sonic Youth

    Sugar Kane

    • Geffen.
  • Sonic Youth

    Bull in the Heather

  • Thurston Moore

    Ono Soul

  • Tom Robinson Band

    2-4-6-8 Motorway

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1977 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Thurston Moore


  • Sonic Youth

    Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso)

  • Chelsea Light Moving


  • Thurston Moore


  • Sonic Youth

    The Diamond Sea