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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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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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Great book, half the narration is great. But...

Love the storytelling and the structure of the chapters. Interesting read for any rock fans or NYC lovers.

One warning: the female narrator actress is awful. The interview subjects speaking about incredibly serious, thesis-level stuff relating to the story. But this woman narrator can’t help but giggle and over-act the written page.

Male narrator is great, affecting different voices for the various subjects with great success. Never hire this woman again, Audible.

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I Tried to Like It, But...

From the performance of the voice talent to the style of writing, I absolutely do not understand how friends (whose opinions I usually value) could recommend this title. It is so tedious and unenjoyable that I’ve begun researching how Audible refunds work.

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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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NYC might be dead but the stories arent

Great stories if you were into this era and music. loved the format of quote style story telling reminiscent of 'Please Kill Me'.

so much hot juicy gossip too...

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Must read for indie music fans

Great stories and perspectives from The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, The Killers during their heydey. Only thing that took some getting used to in the audiobook is the name being read before every quote. It’s also a lot of names to keep track of if you don’t know every artist/producer by name.

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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.

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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.