Published on 29 Apr 2017 Sections

Thurston Moore on music, politics and New York in the 80s

There was dirt. There was crime. It was real. And if 80s New York had a soundtrack – it drummed to the beat of Sonic Youth.

Its founder, Thurston Moore was a pioneer of alternative rock – inspiring countless bands with his ground-breaking tracks.

Now decades later, he has a new album, Rock N Roll Consciousness, and a progressive manifesto, too – peace and justice and keeping populist paranoia in check. He’s been talking to us about his music – his politics – and the New York that shaped his life.