Meet Me in the Bathroom

  • by Lizzy Goodman
  • Narrated by Charlie Thurston, Nicol Zanzarella
  • 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 20th 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 other 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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Customer Reviews

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All stories from the ppl that lived through it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the physical book. At first I didn't like the sound of the narrators. Is that what these ppl sounded like? like the inflections?...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I wish the audio book had the images attached.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole story was great to imagine what NYC was like. So nostalgic.

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Great book, thank you!

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- pattie

Worth It

First off, I love the stories of this era as a big fan of these bands since they were emerging when I was in high school. This is a tough audiobook to get in to the groove with though with regards to the performance. The interviewee's names are read before their statements which would sometimes be all of 3 words and that took a few chapters to get used to. I also found the reader of the female interviewees to sound like a school girl, so giddy and obviously smiling when the sentence didn't seem to call for it. After getting over those annoyances you get to listen to a great oral history of a fascinating time in music. I recommend it.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio