Thurston Moore's Sonic Life memoir pre-empted by Faber

Thurston Moore's Sonic Life memoir pre-empted by Faber

Sonic Youth founding member Thurston Moore's memoir Sonic Life has been pre-empted by Faber.

Publishing director Alexa von Hirschberg secured UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, while Yaniv Soha at Doubleday picked up US rights at auction. Luke Janklow at Janklow & Nesbit handled both deals. The memoir is slated for publication in 2023. 

Moore, born in 1958, started Sonic Youth in New York City in 1981, a band which went on to have a 30-year lifespan. He now lives in London, performing and "recording music with continued dynamic diversity coincides with a long-established career of publishing, editing, and writing books of art, music and literature". 

The book traces the "wild music and endless wonder" of the author’s life and career. The synopsis states: "From his infatuation and engagement with the 1970s punk and 'no wave' scenes in New York City, to the 1981 formation of his legendary rock group, to 30 years of relentless recording, touring, and musical experimentation, birthing the Nirvana-era of alternative rock, and beyond, it is all told via the personal prism of the author’s intensive archives and research."