There are few phenomena that outlive their decade, and Sonic Youth is one of them. The legendary band's evolution from punk to noise to dreamier experimental sound – and its undeniable success throughout – shows that the musicians at its core (such as Thurston!) know no creative bounds. With his infamous style of beating his guitar with drumsticks, the riotous guitarist will always be one of our favorite icons. Happy birthday to you, Thurston! Our crop of presents and vintage pics below.