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How Cadence Weapon is reliving rock & roll in New York City through one great book

The rapper and poet discusses Lizzy Goodman's oral history of the indie rock music scene, Meet Me in the Bathroom.
Cadence Weapon is currently reading and enjoying Lizzy Goodman's oral history of rock & roll in New York City, Meet Me in the Bathroom. (Courtesy of Cadence Weapon)

Edmonton rapper and poet Cadence Weapon revels in the period covered by Lizzy Goodman's chronicle Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011.

Resonant stories

"It's basically an oral history of the rebirth of rock and roll and the indie rock scene in New York with bands like the White Stripes, The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. For me, this was very formative music right around the period when I started putting out my own music. I love music oral histories — specifically, I like to collect them. With this one being a fairly new one, I was on it right away."

Mapping an era

"It's exciting to go back and listen to the old albums and then follow along while reading the story of how these bands became popular. It's cool to see how all the different kinds of artists are interconnected within scenes. It gives you a solid picture of what was happening at the time, both culturally as well as artistically. I'm just voraciously devouring this book."

Cadence Weapon's comments have been edited and condensed.