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Sonic Youth To Write Without Stolen Gear
September 4, 1999

Sonic Youth will get together in New York next week to begin rehearsing and writing for the first time since the experimental band's uniquely modified instruments were stolen in California earlier this month, guitarist Lee Ranaldo said. "We did have two new songs going that are not going to be the same for a while without the guitars we lost," Ranaldo wrote in an e-mail. On Thursday (July 22) the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had their gear stolen in Vancouver, British Columbia. "I don't wish these kinds of hassles on anyone," Ranaldo wrote. "There must be some kind of Zen lesson to be learned here."

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Sonic Youth, initially comprising of guitarist / vocalists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, guitarist / bassist / vocalist Kim Gordon and drummer Richard Edson, were formed in New York City in 1981. A product of the No-Wave music scene of the late 1970s, the group had their roots in abrasive, experimental music, with Moore and Ranaldo having previously worked with the experimental composer Glenn Branca. The band were joined in 1985 by drummer Steve Shelley, and have now recorded 14 albums together, as well as many side and solo projects. Their work has been consistently challenging and innovative, and they are widely regarded as one of the most intriguing and influential bands of their time.


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