Thurston Moore’s Memoir, ‘Sonic Life,’ is a Worthy Trip Through the 20th-Century Alt-Music Experience

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Thirty years ago, a friend who had played in bands in NYC in the mid-1980s told me of an interesting phenomenon. At that time, Sonic Youth were rapidly ascending from the herd of underground, post-hardcore bands. Especially on these shores, Sonic Youth were a quixotic and enigmatic band: using alternative guitar tunings and songs that could shift from dreamlike to …

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