Matt Thorne

Was That It?

Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001–2011

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The success of an oral history of the music scene is dependent on two factors: access and timing. For an account to be worthwhile you need to talk to the lead singers and the drummers, to the manager who tried to make his clients’ careers and the drug dealer who tried to derail them. But start seeking interviewees too soon and they’ll be overly worried about their friendships, reputations and prospects to offer anything beyond coy evasion. Wait too late and the memories will have hardened into stale anecdotes already recorded in a dozen retrospectives.

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