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

Meet 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

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

by Lizzy Goodman


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780062233103
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 32,632
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Lizzy Goodman is a journalist whose writing on rock and roll, fashion, and popular culture has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NME. She is a contributing editor at ELLE and a regular contributor to New York magazine. She lives in upstate New York with her two basset hounds, Joni Mitchell and Jerry Orbach.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters ix

Introduction: "Youth and Abandon" xiv

Part I Nostalgia for an Hour Ago

1 "The Place Where Anything Can Happen" 3

2 New York Bands Aren't Cool 7

3 "A Sad Day for the Parents" 13

4 "They Looked Like These Preppy Kids on Acid" 23

5 "Alcohol, Blow, Crack, Death" 29

6 "A Bunch of Little Bands Starting to Creep Up" 39

7 "Ain't Nobody Here for Bottle Service" 43

8 Dance Music Will Save Us All? 47

9 "That Was Really the Birth of DFA" 51

10 "Tomorrow Never Knows" 63

11 "Nobody Was Going to Get Paid. Nobody Was Getting Any Cash." 67

12 "What's the Value of Being a Band?" 75

13 This Whole Web Thing 81

14 "I Mean, We Were Just Stoned" 85

15 Cabs Won't Even Go There 93

18 "They Got Signed for How Much Money?!" 101

Part II The Class of 2001

17 "Those Guys All Go So Far Back" 109

18 Some Pretty Good Musical Chemistry 119

19 Like a Gang 123

20 A Girl That Sings Quiet Folk Songs 137

21 The Freak-Folk Fringe 141

22 "The Return of the Rock Stars" 147

23 "Shit, I'll Be in That Band" 155

24 Anarchy in the UK 159

25 "Party in a Bag" 165

26 "I Don't Know Who Was Paying for the Drugs. It Wasn't Me." 169

27 "Just Trust Me" 175

28 "British People Are Crazy" 183

29 All Eyes on NYC 191

30 September 11, 2001 197

31 "That Now-Legendary Halloween Strokes Show at Hammerstein" 209

32 "Is Anybody Outside of New York Talking About This?" 213

33 "Cats Started to Get Out of the Bag" 219

34 "It's Our Time…" 229

35 "Troubled Souls" 239

36 La Zona Rosa 245

37 "That $2 Bid Show… Oof" 251

38 "My New York Is Interpol" 259

39 "We Successfully Managed to Make Our Business 100 Percent Impractical" 263

40 "We Got Away with Murder" 271

41 "House of Jealous Lovers" 275

42 "Losing My Edge" 285

43 "Maps" 293

44 "A Thing That Doesn't Work but Does" 299

45 The Uncool Kids 307

46 "You Could Say We Had No Rules" 317

47 Strokes Versus Stripes 325

48 "I Like This Internet Thing" 335

49 Rock Is Sack? 345

50 "Taking All Our Britpop Tricks and Selling Them Back to Us" 353

51 "These Guys Are Going to Be Bigger than Everybody" 361

Part III The New Global Underground

52 The End of One Era, the Beginning of Another 373

53 "The Famous-as-Fuck Strokes" 377

54 "A Hi-Hat Is Like Working with a Cellar of Exotic Wines" 385

55 "Heroin Just Kind of… Crosses a Line" 389

58 "If You Believed What You Read, Williamsburg Was the New Village" 397

57 Soviet Kitsch 403

58 The Southern Strokes 405

59 The Columbia Hotel 415

60 "I'm Only Sixteen and I've Already Had Crabs Three Times" 419

61 The James Murphy Show 427

62 Room on Fire 433

63 "There's Definitely Some Bad Feelings There" 439

64 The Wrestler 443

65 "So People in Their Forties in Boston Are Listening to Interpol!" 447

86 "The Internet Rules, Fuck It" 453

67 Disneyfication 459

68 "When the President Talks to God" 465

89 "We Were All Starring in Our Own Nightlife Type of Reality TV" 471

Part IV Birth of Brooklyn

70 "Record Collection Rock" 483

71 "There Is a Lot of Confrontation but I Think It Does Come Back to Faith" 487

72 "The Creative Process, While It Can Definitely Reward the Ego, It Can Fucking Bruise It, Too" 495

73 Selling Out Is So Passé 501

74 "We Could Be That Big" 513

75 "Breezier and Lighter and Quicker" 527

76 "Erudite as Fuck" 533

77 "They Came from the Ashes of Jonathan Fire*Eater" 539

78 "It Doesn't Actually Make Any Sense to Describe Music as Preppy" 543

79 "It Wasn't Like We Were a Party Band" 547

80 Halsey House 551

81 The Speed of Buzz 559

82 "I Wanted to Get in There Like a Motherfucker and That's What I Did" 563

83 Consider Yourself Served 567

84 "When My Mojo Phase Has Passed, I Don't Think That I'll Stop Making Music and Start Gardening" 571

85 "We Warmed It Up for You Fuckers" 577

Part V "New York, I love you but you're bringing me down"

86 "I Mean, What's More Rock and Roll than Madison Square Garden and a Mic Drop?'" 587

87 The Last Rock Stars 589

Acknowledgments 592

Index 597

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