Gordon also suggests that the death fixated singer should 'off herself'
Alexandra Pollard

09:56 20th February 2015

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.

  • "My Muse is very fickle. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying."

  • "When I was very young I was sort of floored by the fact that my mother and my father and everyone I knew was going to die one day, and myself too. I had a sort of a philosophical crisis. I couldn't believe that we were mortal."

  • "I like a little hardcore love."

  • "I had a vision of making my life a work of art."

  • "I'm an independent operator. It's just fucking different. I never wanted to lead a normal life."

  • "I'm thinking most of the time, so it doesn't really lend to a smile."

  • "I'd like to work with Elvis. I'd like to fucking do things with Elvis. I'd like to make out with Elvis."

  • "Tigers and women can't be in the same room. Even if the tiger is a female. Because the pheromones a girl puts off - the tiger will eat them."

  • "I've been making moving collages online since I was 17. It's just a passion of mine."

  • "I was singing in Paris a couple months ago for Thanksgiving. There's this girl in the audience and she's gorgeous. I can kind of only see her silhouette, she's getting, like, her tits out. I'm like, 'God, that's unusual.'So I go offstage, I go upstairs, and my manager's like, 'You'll never believe it, but Paz De La Huerta was getting her tits out to the song!' I was like, 'My vision is complete. My life is f***ing made.' And so I've been at peace ever since that moment."

  • "A$AP Rocky and Azealia Banks are the only people I relate to these days."

  • "Death and paradise are are intertwined to me. After death, I expect something that is very serene and calm."

  • "The internet is something abstract that I probably haven't understood until now. Who are all of the people that are seeing my videos? I know neither them nor their faces which makes my success seem surreal."

  • "Einstein said, 'Your imagination is more important than intelligence,' and I have a very, very big imagination."

  • "I'm the gangster Nancy Sinatra."

  • "For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. I'm more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what's going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities."

Photo: Girl In A Band cover