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

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Read Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 Online Free - 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 2001-2011
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ISBN : 0062233092
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 640 pages


Millie rated it ★★★★☆

May 29, 2017

Literally everyone did more coke than me in the early aughts.

Mark rated it ★★★★★

June 21, 2017

Will there ever be another "scene" like the one that Lizzy Goodman describes in MMITB? Whether it was Seattle for grunge, the Sunset Strip for hair metal, Boston for '80s era "college" music, Laurel Canyon in the early '70s, Motown in the '60s, or any other number of scenes, so much of music hist...

Andy rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

The musical-era biography subgenre may be my favorite type of reading material. That and/or artist memoirs/autobiographies. Our Band Could Be Your Life remains a seminal experience for how much music it led me to discover and how the ideals espoused by the 80s punks whose careers the book chronic...

Matthew rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

"We always thought that the misfits were the stars," journalist/author Rob Sheffield waxes early on in Lizzy Goodman's exhilarating and comprehensive oral history Meet Me in the Bathroom. It's one of many great quotes from an exhaustive catalog of these "misfits" - the rockers, writers and artist...

El_kiablo rated it ★★★☆☆

December 19, 2017

This book is fine. It is also a complete existential nightmare. Look: oral histories tend to be very readable, especially if the people being interviewed have big personalities. Sure enough, this book is very readable because it's full of a bunch of successful/inspired/crazy people saying interest...

Sydney rated it ★★★☆☆

June 05, 2017

3.5 stars I'm a huge Strokes fan, so when I heard this book was coming out, I knew I had to read it. I also really like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes, and TV on the Radio, while being a casual fan of most of the other bands featured in this book. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I did h...

Big Al rated it ★★★☆☆

June 19, 2017

Oral history in the style of Please Kill Me hyping up a more recent New York music scene. Not nearly as iconic or fun to read about as the 70s punk scene in Please Kill Me, but still an entertaining and nostalgic look back on a time (not that long ago) when rock music still mattered. Right from t...

zan rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2017

I really enjoyed this book and its trip down memory lane (or at least as many memories as we could possibly retain from that era), but can't say how much of that was because I remember half these people and places first-hand. Like: seeing Interpol at Brownies, or Mooney Suzuki at Tiswas, or being...

RB rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 07, 2017

Message to Julian Casablancas and Ryan Adams: set a date somewhere chill, roll countless joints, smoke them, kiss and make up. Now, the book . . . "Meet Me in the Bathroom: Or How to Be Hypocrites and Pick on Ryan Adams," by Lizzy Goodman has everything an oral history needs to be spectacular but i...

Zachary rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

I feel exhausted after reading Lizzy Goodman’s compelling oral history of the aught’s music scene in New York City, Meet Me in the Bathroom. I read the book in mostly one sitting, and it took me, I’d estimate, a little more than 10 hours to get through. There’s 640 pages in the book, according to...

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