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
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.