“It’s the sensatIon of youth”
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.