PAST IS PROLOGUE

Street Noise: Unearthing Sonic Youth

Forty years ago, New York Rocker sent me to review a new, unknown downtown band.

Sonic Youth backstage in the 1980s. Photo via Getty Images.

About two days after I’d moved to the Meat Packing District in fall 1981, from my first NYC apartment in Greenwich Village, the urge to write about music resurfaced. Though I’d maintained a sporadic journal since…