Meet Me in the Bathroom
‘This year’s most talked-about music book’ (FT) is the definitive oral history of New York’s post-2001 musical revolution by a celebrated young female music journalist.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE
New York, 2001. 9/11 plunges the US into a state of war and political volatility—and heralds the rebirth of the city’s rock scene. As the old-guard music industry crumbles, a group of iconoclastic bands suddenly become the voice of a generation desperately in need of an anthem.
In this fascinating and vibrant oral history, acclaimed journalist Lizzy Goodman charts New York’s explosive musical transformation in the early 2000s. Drawing on over 200 original interviews, Goodman follows the meteoric rise of the artists that revolutionised the cultural landscape and made Brooklyn the hipster capital of cool—including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend.
Joining the ranks of classics like Please Kill Me, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Meet Me in the Bathroom is the definitive account of an iconic era in rock-and-roll.
This year’s most talked-about music book.
In this wildly entertaining oral history, Lizzy Goodman captures the glamour, excitement and sordid excess of New York's early-2000s, pre-gentrification rock scene. Fame, drugs and, most potently, the internet ruined everything, leaving Goodman's interviewees, including members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and the Strokes themselves, to reflect on their moment in the sun with humour, bitterness and an unusually large dose of honesty.
Beautifully paced, vivid, informative and compelling [...] A book primarily built on passion, love and homage – a drawled rock ’n’roll sonnet to the music, the bands, the city, the scene, the triumphs, the screw-ups, and, of course, 'the moment'.
The cleverly constructed text captures the excitement of it all exploding. It's a sprawling testament, hilariously self-important, amusingly contradictory.
Anecdotal magic is sprinkled through Lizzy Goodman’s recently published Meet Me in the Bathroom, an oral history of the New York rock milieu that included the Strokes, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and Interpol. The usual rock’n’roll staples – drugs, hedonism, nervous crackups – are here, but so too is the overlooked story of the cultural impact of 9/11, and the way it gave thousands of Manhattanites the sense of a common generational identity. The story is 600 pages long, but you’ll probably whizz through it in a matter of days
Meet Me in the Bathroom, an oral history by Lizzy Goodman, who arrived in New York from her native New Mexico in 1999 and was evidently immersed in everything that happened. Her interviewees – there are 161 – beautifully capture the era, and illustrate its tensions and contradictions.
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