NYC indie rock oral history ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ becoming documentary series
One of the most talked about books of the year, at least in indie-rock circles, was Lizzy Goodman's Meet Me in the Bathroom, which chronicled the early '00s NYC indie rock boom that included The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, TV on the Radio, copious amounts of booze and drugs, fame, fortune, Har Mar Superstar, and more. While incomplete, focusing heavily on the hard-partying Darkroom scene, it is no doubt an entertaining, sometimes revealing page-turner snapshot of an exciting time to have been in New York. Billboard reports that Pulse Films has acquired film rights to Meet Me in the Bathroom and will use it as the basis for a four-hour documentary series. Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, who made the LCD Soundsystem concert doc Shut Up and Play the Hits, will direct. The film will feature a mix of current interviews and archival footage, while promising to eschew "expected tropes and conventions of music documentaries...[to] create a work of true cinematic scale that will redefine the scope of the music documentary form." Says Goodman:
At various points during the six long years it took to bring Meet Me in the Bathroom to life, it occurred to me what an incredible documentary this would make," said Goodman. "At the time it seemed like a total fantasy but it now feels like fate that the team behind Shut Up and Play the Hits, the show that gave me the idea to write this book in the first place, would be the ones to bring Meet Me in the Bathroom to the screen...It's time to share with everyone else the full view of this weird, beautiful, dirty time capsule I've been inhabiting.
Still in the early stages, stay tuned for release date and more details.