"Sonic Youth" is a rock group formed in New York City in 1981. Currently, the group consists of four musicians:
* Thurston Moore - guitars and vocals
* Lee Ranaldo - guitars, vocals and organ
* Kim Gordon - bass guitar, guitar, and vocals
* Steve Shelley - drums
In their early career, Sonic Youth were associated with the No Wave art and music scene in New York City, but have outlasted most associated bands. Part of the first wave of American post-punk groups, Sonic Youth carried out their interpretation of the punk rock ethos throughout the evolving American indie underground (as the title of their documentary ''1991: The Year Punk Broke'' demonstrates) that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound. They have found moderate mainstream success, and are generally seen as one of the leading alternative rock groups of their time.
Initially inspired by the noise experimentation of Glenn Branca (with whom most of the band have performed); as well as the heavy garage rock of The Stooges and the noise experimentation of The Velvet Underground, they were known for using a variety of unorthodox guitar tunings, and for applying screwdrivers o...
|Background||group or band|
|Origin||New York City, New York State|
|Years active||1981 - present|
|Current members|| Thurston Moore|
|Past members|| Bob Bert|
Jim O'Rourke (musician)