Thurston Joseph Moore was born July 25, 1958 in Coral Gables, Florida. He grew up in Bethel, Connecticut. Although he enrolled at Western Connecticut State University, he opted to move to New York City instead. There he learned to play guitar from Glenn Branca and soon co-founded the rock band Sonic Youth, serving as a guitarist and vocalist. In 1984, he married Sonic Youth bassist, guitarist and vocalist Kim Gordon, with whom he has a daughter, Coco Hayley Gordon Moore.
In addition to his work with Sonic Youth, Moore has also released albums as a solo artist, including 1995's Psychic Hearts. He has collaborated with scores of artists, including Cock E.S.P. Moore also reviews new music in Arthur Magazine.