The Strokes, Vampire Weekend: New York rock's modern history
The period from 2001–2011 saw an unexpected music revival sweep through New York City. Spurred on by world-changing events — the attacks on Sept. 11 and the 2008 global financial crisis chief atop the list — and the continuing shift toward a more connected digital world that left many feeling more isolated than ever, this musical resurgence spoke to some of us in ways the previous generation of music could not.
Equal parts earnest, pained and faux-ironically disaffected, the crop of New York rockers that came up during the decade of nothing were a breath of fresh air for music fans who couldn't find a home among the bubblegum feel and plastic sheen of the pop sounds of the preceding years.
Journalist/author Lizzy Goodman has taken the initiative to capture the forgotten energy and wasted 3 a.m. moments of that decade, collecting more than 200 original interviews with the members of the bands that lived at the forefront of the culture war that helped craft their hits.
Her book, Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001–2011, compiles interviews and commentary from James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Julian Casablancas (the Strokes), Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), among others, with additional perspective from A&R reps and label executives who helped shepherd their careers through these definitive years.
The book comes was released May 23 during a special signing ceremony at Strand Bookstore in NYC with Goodman, Murphy, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and music journalist/author Rob Sheffield in attendance.