When Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore performed their last show as Sonic Youth in the pouring rain at a South American music festival shortly after announcing their divorce, it was like indie rock's mother and father we're breaking up. The kids were shocked; the perfect marriage was over. But industry veterans couldn't have been shocked. This is what music does to couples. The rock 'n' roll breakup is a genre unto itself.
The celebrate - albeit glumly - the release of Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon's much-anticipated memoir, we profile the members of the ad-hoc organization that she and Moore joined when they went their own ways. It's the brutal breakup club and, in music, it's always expanding its membership.