Meet Me in the Bathroom

Meet Me in the Bathroom

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

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"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., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062233097
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 G6532m 2017
Characteristics: xvii, 621 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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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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