Warren Cohen
May 23, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Former EW critic’s bio of Sonic Youth, the earsplitting elder statesmen who influenced legions of indie rockers.

Non-Rock-Star Moment
During 1995’s Lollapalooza tour, lead singer Thurston Moore continually forgot lyrics, causing drummer Steve Shelley to yell, ”They’re your songs!”

Lowdown
In Goodbye 20th Century, David Browne enthusiastically recalls every screwdriver and bicycle horn that got played, but off stage the noisy band was dullsville. B-

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