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Meet Me in the Bathroom

Lizzy Goodman chronicles the rock scene in New York City from 2001 to 2011.

Lizzy Goodman

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 and 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. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Interviews with Lizzy Goodman

Rapper and poet Cadence Weapon on Lizzy Goodman's oral history of the music scene in New York City in 2001-2011. 1:16

From the book

When I was a teenager growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I had a cutout of the New York City skyline on the ceiling above my bed. In the same way that you sometimes buy a dress as a reminder to become the person who would wear it, the image of all those anonymous buildings lit up at night was a visual placeholder for my future self.

New York, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, was where I was from, I just hadn't gotten there yet.


From Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman ©2017. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

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