Title: Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011
Author: Lizzy Goodman
Genre: Non-Fiction/Music/Culture Pages: 596 (+index)
First published: 2017
Edition: Paperback, published by Faber & Faber in 2017
New York, 2001. 9/11 plunges the US into a state of war and political volatility-and heralds the rebirth of the city’s rock scene. As the old-guard music industry crumbles, a group of iconoclastic bands suddenly become the voice of a generation desperately in need of an anthem.
This was such a fun ride. It basically tells a story of a specific group of people in a specific time in a specific city and the music that came from that. It takes us through the stories of bands like The Strokes, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Sound System and Vampire Weekend, as well as some lesser known (to me) bands.
The book is told via quotes and stories told by various people, including the bands themselves. To learn more about their stories through their own words and through those of people that were part of that scene, sometimes with conflicting memories, was something I really enjoyed. It really a snapshot of a moment in time. It took a while for me to get into, but this way of story telling brought so much energy, which seems synonymous with the music that was being made at the time.
This book is full of excess, debauchery and of course egos, but it also tells a story of people who share a passion for music and in the end it is the beating heart of the City that is at the centre of this book.
Apart from Vampire Weekend, these are not bands that I listen to a lot these days, but I loved this book. Simply because there is so much passion in it and it is a story well told. It is the story of the beginning of a scene and a little bit of the end, but I feel it still simmers.
If you have no affinity at all with these scene or these bands, I doubt you would find it very interesting, but to me, who was a scene girl of sorts in my teens and early twenties, this was a lot of fun.
6 out of 7 stars