Meet Me in the Bathroom

Meet Me in the Bathroom

Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR and GQ

Joining the ranks of the classics Please Kill Me, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and Can't Stop Won't Stop, an intriguing oral history of the post-9/11 decline of the old-guard music industry and rebirth of the New York rock scene, led by a group of iconoclastic rock bands.

In the second half of the twentieth-century New York was the source of new sounds, including the Greenwich Village folk scene, punk and new wave, and hip-hop. But as the end of the millennium neared, cutting-edge bands began emerging from Seattle, Austin, and London, pushing New York further from the epicenter. The behemoth music industry, too, found itself in free fall, under siege from technology. Then 9/11/2001 plunged the country into a state of uncertainty and war--and a dozen New York City bands that had been honing their sound and style in relative obscurity suddenly became symbols of glamour for a young, web-savvy, forward-looking generation in need of an anthem.

Meet Me in the Bathroom charts the transformation of the New York music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, the bands behind it--including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend--and the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg. Drawing on 200 original interviews with James Murphy, Julian Casablancas, Karen O, Ezra Koenig, and many others musicians, artists, journalists, bloggers, photographers, managers, music executives, groupies, models, movie stars, and DJs who lived through this explosive time, journalist Lizzy Goodman offers a fascinating portrait of a time and a place that gave birth to a new era in modern rock-and-roll.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062233097
Branch Call Number: 781.66097 GOO
Characteristics: xvii, 621 pages :,illustrations


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Nov 02, 2018

Amazing. Reads like a gossip magazine. I wish Ryan Adams got me addicted to smack.

May 15, 2018

"Wait. They don't love you like I love you."-Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps"
The early 00's (the aughties?) saw an explosion of guitar-based rock and roll and New York City reclaiming it's position as the epicenter of cool. Sometimes called the rock revival, sometimes called the garage band wave, it was characterized by cool, sharply dressed bands recovering the exuberance and dynamism of punk, new wave, and early rock. With hindsight, it wasn't particularly groundbreaking the way punk or no wave was, but after the awful late 90s era of mook rock, rap rock, and teen pop, it was a breath of fresh air. Lizzy Goodman's book is an extensive oral history of the period and is composed of hundreds of interviews from all the main suspects: the Strokes (whose song gives the book its title), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, TV on the Radio, the White Stripes (not from NYC), and, um, the Killers. It doesn't offer a lot of context or critical acumen, but it's very entertaining, especially if you were listening to the music during this period. The take away is that everyone did loads of drugs and Ryan Adams was a bad influence.

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