Kim Gordon, with Edward Lee and Byron Coley, co-owners of Feeding Tube records at the LA Art Book Fair. Gordon holds a copy of Living on the Edge of Obscurity. Photo by Ben Lee Richie Handler. Image courtesy of Gagosian

Kim Gordon and Larry Gagosian open a record store

Sort of. She'll host a booth at the LA Book Fair, selling records with cover art by Richard Prince and others

 Sonic Youth may have disbanded in 2011, yet Kim Gordon will be keeping the spirit of independent noise rock alive at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend, 12 – 14 February. The musician and fine-artist is working with the Gagosian Gallery on a pop-up record shop for the event. Staged in conjunction with the Massachusetts record store, Feeding Tube, the stall will offer thirty unique record covers by artists including Rita Ackermann, Jacob Kassay, Laura Owens, Richard Prince, and Jim Shaw.

“Each dynamic cover has been made to accompany a twelve-inch vinyl record by Body/Head (Gordon and Bill Nace), pressed and released on the occasion of the fair,” the Gagosian explains. “In addition to a listening station, the booth will include top-shelf items selected from Feeding Tube's inventory.” 

And that’s not all. Gordon and Feeding Tube’s boss, the rock critic and Sonic Youth associate, Byron Coley, have put together a special calendar for the fair. Images come courtesy of Gordon and Coley’s daughters who, while working at Feeding Tube one summer, managed to fill the store’s computer with 558 selfies.


The first page in the Living on the Edge of Obscurity calendar. Image courtesy of the Gagosian
The first page in the Living on the Edge of Obscurity calendar. Image courtesy of the Gagosian

Kim and Bryon have paired each of their progeny’s pictures with important birthdays and dates in counterculture, art, and feminist history, to produce a 558 page-a-day calendar, entitled, Living on the Edge of Obscurity, that spans the period February 29, 2016, to September 8, 2017. What a wonderful intergenerational undertaking. For more on the fair go hereFor greater insight into the work of Richard Prince, buy our monograph.