Sign to DGC Records and release major-label debut Goo; Nirvana later signs to the same label encouraged by Sonic Youth's example.
Double LP Daydream Nation serves as Sonic Youth's college radio breakthrough.
Forms Sonic Youth with Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo.
Appeared in the third season premiere of the HBO series "Girls" as a recovering drug addict.
Published Kim Gordon Chronicles, Vol. 1 (2005), which featured her photographs of her taken from various periods of her life. A second volume followed in 2006 and featured her sketches, paintings and collages.
Collaborated with one-time Sonic Youth member Jim O'Rourke and Alan Licht in the group Supreme Indifference, which released a track on the compilation album Fields and Streams in 2002.
While studying at the Otis Art Institute, she worked briefly with art dealer Larry Gagosian, who founded the Gagosian Gallery chain.
Collaborated with Moore and Yoko Ono for the 2012 release Yokokimthurston.