Episode 262: Lizzy Goodman

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Journalist Lizzy Goodman came by Going Off Track to promote her oral history “Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001 – 2011,” a book that took her six years from conception to completion. In this episode we discussed the process of putting together a project that includes 500-plus interviews, how she shaped the narrative and why Carlos D of Interpol was her “white whale” and one of the only people in the scene who opted not to participate in the tome. We also discuss while the Strokes were so influential despite not selling a ton of records, Lizzy’s time as what we imagine is the world’s coolest second grade teacher and why she still sort of can’t believe that she gets to write about bands for a living. “This isn’t a book about a particular band or the complete history of the Strokes or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or LCD Soundsystem,” Goodman explains when asked to summarize the book’s content. “It’s a story about New York and the idea of New York cool during this period of time and how that radiated and shaped culture. These are the characters that shaped that idea so that’s why they’re relevant.” Even if you’re not a fan of the aforementioned bands, we promise you’ll get sucked into the post-9/11 narrative of this impressive document of a very special time and place. Lizzy, you make us all feel extremely lazy.

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