“It’s the sen­sa­tIon of youth”

Q (UK) - - Meet The Bathroom -

When did you first have the idea for the book: was there a Eureka mo­ment or was it there in your sub­con­scious for­ever? And why did you choose oral his­tory as the de­liv­ery method? The idea for the book be­gan ex­actly where it ends, in the spring of when I at­tended both The Strokes and LCD Soundsys­tem shows at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Both shows were stag­ger­ingly good – the LCD show is leg­endary of course, be­cause it was hailed as their last one ever, and came af­ter a week of run-up gigs at Ter­mi­nal 5. It felt like a des­ti­na­tion event for most of New York. I re­mem­ber that Su­san Saran­don was there and I spent much of my time watch­ing her watch the show, be­cause I’m ob­sessed with her and I knew that was about as close as I’d ever get to go­ing to a rock con­cert with her. She seemed to en­joy her­self. And then The Strokes were just cool moth­er­fuck­ing rock stars up there – a pow­er­ful ma­chine im­pos­ing its will on tens of thou­sands of peo­ple. Those shows were way fun. But… it also felt in­cred­i­bly clear, starkly clear in a new way to me, that some­thing had ended. These bands, peo­ple I knew in the case of The Strokes, were now es­tab­lish­ment rock’n’roll stars. For sure. It had prob­a­bly been true for a few years al­ready at that point, but that was the week when I saw it clearly, and I saw that there was this dis­crete chunk of ten years – 2001-2011 – that had a kind of be­gin­ning, mid­dle, and now, an end, in terms of telling their story, my story, our story. So that was the in­cep­tion. But it took another year to write the pro­posal and sell it.

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