Rough Trade Books of the Year 2017 No: 4
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.
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 500 original interviews with James Murphy, Julian Casablancas, Karen O, Ezra Koenig and many other musicians, artists, journalists, bloggers, photographers, managers, music executives, groupies, models, movie stars and DJs who lived through this explosive time, journalist Elizabeth 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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