As Kim Gordon's new book edges closer to release, a new extract has emerged online which sees her take deadly aim at Lana Del Rey's comments on feminism and death.
The former Sonic Youth musician releases Girl In A Band on Monday (24 February), but early press copies have started making their way online.
In an extract posted by Esquire's Joe Keohane, Gordon writes, "Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey, who doesn't know what feminism is, who believes it means women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts toward self-destruction, whether it's sleeping with gross older men or getting gang-raped by bikers."
She continues, "Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it's just a persona. If she really truly believes it's beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn't she just off herself?"
The comments, presumably, refer to two controversial statements made by Del Rey in interviews last year. Talking to Fader, she said, "For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept," she says. "I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested. My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants."
In another inteview with The Guardian, during a discussion about how many of her idols died young, Del Rey said, "I wish I was dead already. I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am. That's just how I feel. If it wasn't that way, then I wouldn't say it."
Girl In A Band, the title of which refers to the 2009 Sonic Youth track 'Sacred Trickster', is set for release on 24 February.