Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman – review

This oral history of New York’s musical renaissance is vivid, informative and full of passion

Oral histories work brilliantly at encapsulating complex music scenes (for example: Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk), with one proviso – you’ve got to marshal a veritable army of interviewees who’re not only prepared to talk, but also to gossip, muse, digress, ramble, even bitch and fume, to build the most accurate picture.

Set against a backdrop that encompasses 9/11, the collapse of the old-style music industry, the gentrification of New York, and an emergent social media, journalist Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom more than fulfils this brief. She features not only an impressive array of key musical players from in and around the early 00s’ New York-flavoured guitar explosion (the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the White Stripes, Interpol, Ryan ...