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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.

©2017 Elizabeth Goodman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Best music book I've ever read.

Couldn't put it down. I learned more about the origins of one of the most important 10yrs in recent music history than any other resource I've ever seen. Immediately joins the pantheon of must-read music books.

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Rates with the best rock bios.

Found myself pausing this read quite often to look up songs on Spotify. As much as I enjoy the oral history part of this book, it's Goodman's analysis of the music and the environs it sprang from that I appreciate most. Will most likely listen to this one again, and soon.

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Needs More Readers

What made the experience of listening to Meet Me in the Bathroom the most enjoyable?

It is an oral history, so it lends itself to this type of medium.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was happy with the ending, it wrapped up the story nicely.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlie Thurston and Nicol Zanzarella ?

They were great, but you needed more voices so we can differentiate between the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of funny stuff.

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Loved learning about music!

Good book to teach you about big bands today! Pure quotes so it’s like hearing stories!

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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.

Any additional comments?

Great book, thank you!

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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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Sex, drugs and The Strokes (and some other bands)

Where does Meet Me in the Bathroom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the second book I've listened to so it would be number 1.

What other book might you compare Meet Me in the Bathroom to and why?

The Average American Male - nothing the same really except their exploits are equal in their unapologetic shamelessness. Meet Me in the Bathroom is a fun listen.

What three words best describe Charlie Thurston and Nicol Zanzarella ’s performance?

Charlie is pretty cool, but Nicol tends to make the females sound kind of bubbly in tone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Strokes Conquer the World (and some other bands from Brooklyn)!!!!!

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Not what I thought it would be

What would have made Meet Me in the Bathroom better?

If I gave half a $h!t about any of those bands, maybe it wouldn't have been so difficult to get through. I guess I expected more stories about folks having fun partying; great stories about rock and roll stuff. No one's written or narrated a better collection of rock and roll stories than BILLY IDOL. That dude's audio book was AWESOME!!! This one was a stinker, comparatively.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I dunno. Sorry.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlie Thurston and Nicol Zanzarella ’s performances?

Their performances were fine. Nothing against them; just a poorly conceived audio book.

What character would you cut from Meet Me in the Bathroom?

Not well suited to be an audio book. It was difficult to figure out if there was actual dialog or if the passages were simply a collection of comments.

Any additional comments?

This one was freakin' painful to get through. Can I have my money (credit) back? ;-)

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Wasted narration

The narration/reading of this book is really awful and hearing that the book is going to be made into a docu series makes me nervous. Why bother having these two people read it aloud? They mispronounce names and use voices that make people seem unbearable. A real shame and I’d be embarrassed to be voiced by them.

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Not For Old man

Would you try another book from Lizzy Goodman and/or Charlie Thurston and Nicol Zanzarella ?

Did not understand and did not find the story interesting

Would you ever listen to anything by Lizzy Goodman again?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Moved to fast to follow the story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing

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