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October 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

IN-PERSON: An Evening with Thurston Moore


October 27, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


zArchive2-Books & Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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A Message from Books & Books:

Dear Friends & Readers — We are deeply saddened to announce that our event with Thurston Moore has been cancelled due to long standing health conditions. We are thinking of him at this difficult time but we know and hope that he will soon be well. For all of you who have bought tickets which come with a book to his event, you can do one of the following:

You can ask for a refund as stated in the letter or

Since we will have signed copies we are offering to put one of them on hold for you

You will be the first to know if he has a future event. Thank you for your understanding.

Books & Books presents


In Conversation with Mitchell Kaplan

discussing SONIC LIFE: A MEMOIR (Doubleday, $35)

Friday, October 27, 7PM @ Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is ecstatic to welcome legendary American guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of Sonic Youth Thurston Moore for an intimate conversation discussing his book SONIC LIFE: A MEMOIR (Doubleday, $35) in conversation with our very own Mitchell Kaplan!

All tickets include one (1) PRE-SIGNED copy of the book. Please be aware that space is limited so don’t wait to get your ticket! Books will be handed out upon check-in to the event.

About the Book:

“Downtown scientists rejoice! For Thurston Moore has unearthed the missing links, the sacred texts, the forgotten stories, and the secret maps of the lost golden age. This is history—scuffed, slightly bent, plenty noisy, and indispensable.” —Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Underground Railroad and Harlem Shuffle

Thurston Moore moved to Manhattan’s East Village in 1978 with a yearning for music. He wanted to be immersed in downtown New York’s sights and sounds—the feral energy of its nightclubs, the angular roar of its bands, the magnetic personalities within its orbit. But more than anything, he wanted to make music—to create indelible sounds that would move, provoke, and inspire.

His dream came to life in 1981 with the formation of Sonic Youth, a band Moore cofounded with Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo. Sonic Youth became a fixture in New York’s burgeoning No Wave scene—an avant-garde collision of art and sound, poetry and punk. The band would evolve from critical darlings to commercial heavyweights, headlining festivals around the globe while helping introduce listeners to such artists as Nirvana, Hole, and Pavement, and playing alongside such icons as Neil Young and Iggy Pop. Through it all, Moore maintained an unwavering love of music: the new, the unheralded, the challenging, the irresistible.

In the spirit of Just Kids, Sonic Life offers a window into the trajectory of a celebrated artist and a tribute to an era of explosive creativity. It presents a firsthand account of New York in a defining cultural moment, a history of alternative rock as it was birthed and came to dominate airwaves, and a love letter to music, whatever the form. This is a story for anyone who has ever felt touched by sound—who knows the way the right song at the right moment can change the course of a life.

About the Author:

THURSTON MOORE is a founding member of Sonic Youth, a band born in New York in 1981 that spent thirty years at the vanguard of alternative rock, influencing and inspiring such acts as Nirvana, Pavement, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, and Beck. The band’s album Daydream Nation was chosen by the Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. Moore is involved in publishing and poetry and teaches at the Summer Writing Workshop at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He divides his time between the USA and England.

About the Moderator:

MITCHELL KAPLAN, a Miami Beach native, founded the independent bookstore chain Books & Books in 1982. Books & Books was named “Publishers’ Weekly Bookstore of the Year” in 2015. He is the co-founder of Miami Book Fair, a former president of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), and received the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community” in 2011.  He is the host of the podcast, “The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan” and with his partner Paula Mazur, formed the Mazur/Kaplan film production company to bring books to the screen.