Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy GoodmanMeet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman

Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011

byLizzy Goodman

Hardcover | May 23, 2017

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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.

Title:Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.53 inPublished:May 23, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062233097

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's...alright. This is really a time capsule of a city that no longer exists. Young, struggling musicians, grunge bars and clubs, cheap places to live- all gone, replaced by tech bro's and artisanal ice cream shops. So I thought this was going to be an important book about a time and place in a city just before it turned into a theme park.. However, too often it's just endless stories about people no one outside of New York cares about, yapping about how wasted they got or which bathrooms were good for having sex. There's too much of the now oh so tired "it happened in New York City so it's important" theme. This is an interesting and important story that's unfortunately buried under a couple hundred pages of "we're New Yorkers, aren't we amazing?".
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost a one sit read If you are into music from this timeline, you'll have a hard time not reading this door stopper in one sitting... it's that good.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good. If you are fan of rock music from this era, or rock music in general, this is a great read. Practically, all the key players have a voice in this oral history and the stories are hilarious .
Date published: 2017-07-22

Editorial Reviews

“a compelling non-stop wealth of information that will be inspiring to those familiar with New York and not...this read is a can’t-miss.”