Inspired: Thurston Moore – composition of lyrics and poetry
  • Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Artist: Thurston Moore

As a witness and confidante to the significant events of his time, Thurston has used the power of songwriting and poetry to express his experience as an artist, both in the city and on the road. 

In his talk he will reflect on the New York School poetry scenes of Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley, the late 1970s CBGB/Max's nightclub scene of punk rock poets Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell, as well as the radical energy of the No Wave and Hardcore scenes, all of which would wildly shape his aesthetic.

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Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore is a singer-songwriter, composer, poet, author and publisher. In 1976, at 18 years of age, he moved to New York City and devoted himself to music and literature. In 1980, he founded and named the celebrated experimental rock band Sonic Youth, releasing their first album in 1981.

Thurston Moore's lyric and music inspirations range from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Little Richard, Lou Reed, Brigitte Fontaine, Albert Ayler, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Cobain, John and Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, J Mascis, Sly Stone, John Lydon, Eno, Sparks, Billie Holiday and countless others.

From early memories of his father playing classical piano to the direct engagement of rock and soul, to the excitement of dissonance in late 20th-century avant-garde composition and the devotion to improvisation in both jazz and noise, a deep well of rhythms, musical systems and phrases, poetry and lyric writing has been instrumental to Thurston's development as an artist. His music and writing is a dialogue of art and emotion, an investigation into the dream world.

Since 2011, Thurston Moore has been on Faculty at the summer writing program at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado – a school founded by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg in 1974 in accordance with the Buddhist scholar Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This year, Thurston will commence as a Professor of Music at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. 

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