Thurston Moore is an American musician best known as a member of the influential band, Sonic Youth. He moved to New York City in 1979 to join the burgeoning post-punk and no wave music scenes where he was able to watch shows by the likes of Patti Smith and spoken-word performances by William S. Burroughs. In 1980 he met Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon and the band eventually formed in 1981. Moore is known for using pedals in various combinations to achieve his unique distorted and feedback-laden sound. Moore has also participated in many solo and group collaborations outside Sonic Youth, as well as running his own record label, Ecstatic Peace! In May 2012, Spin Magazine published a staff-selected list of the top 100 rock guitarists of all time, and ranked Moore at number one. Thurston Moore was interviewed on July 23rd, 2005 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kim Gordon makes a short cameo at the end of the interview.