Do You Remember The First Time: A Visit To Meet Me In The Bathroom: The Gallery From Lizzie Goodman
Transit, Interpol - From the collection of Dave Pianka
If you are contemplating a read filled with naturalistic content that can not hide from the truth about the resurrection of New York's musical realm in the early 2000s, then Lizzie Goodman's comprehensive book, Meet Me In The Bathroom can not be rivalled.
The name, borrowed from Gotham greats The Strokes who needless to say feature heavily in the narrative, tallies up an encouraging time of mouth-watering hope. Nobody could comprehend in the beginning just how this symphonic movement would go down in history in its typical underground fashion. Interviewing vital characters from the era- the likes of Karen O, Tim Goldsworthy and Kim Gordon- over six years, these conversations and recollections offer insight into the days when it was hard to keep track of what day it actually was.
As a means to keep connection flowing and using this phase of staying home as a catalyst for a digital exhibition, online MMITB: The Gallery aims to showcase pieces of work from the musicians and artists who elucidated those years through their vision, experiences and finally, their interpretations. Not only will this support the creative folk involved, but a portion of profits raised goes to #SaveOurStages: a national campaign to ensure independent venues all across America do not permanently close their doors.
The Strokes, 2001- Cody Smyth
The electronic presentation gives the freedom to examine over one hundred treasures and wares by sixteen artists from the comfort of your own domain, including photography from Cody Smyth, who had the fortune to capture the Strokes at the start stratospheric journey seizing the mood of the era, along with other figures of the tableau such as Vampire Weekend and The View. All-round imaginative inventor Cat Pierce offers her feminine ladies, with their halo of psychedelic energy, on pencil and ink on paper, and musician Eleanor Friedberger shares her collage pieces and thoughts in words. Nick Zinner, of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, studied photography at Bard College before he was a member of the group and displays a handful of his shots to us.
Sound And Vision - Cat Pierce
Gig flyers, especially from when a band are making their way in the world, finding their form and honing their craft can express a considerable amount about their creative style through imagery. There is a chance in this store to purchase slices of history which were often hand-drawn and curated from iconic venues such as Mercury, Irving Plaza, Brownies and more. They hold that extra slither of pizazz knowing that they are a primary source from various collectors of a bygone time that will not be repeated again.
Mercury Lounge, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, July - Nick Zinner
We all love a bit of merch, right, otherwise, we may not be reading, and there is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind hand embroidered sweatshirts, but make haste, at last glance, they were nearly all sold out. However, the whole gallery deserves a ponder; there is something for everyone whether you were lucky enough to be there, can apply it to your adventures wherever that may have been or are generally fascinated by the period. As Goodman proclaims,
"For now, we're expressing solidarity with each other by staying home and baking cookies. (I've become an iced gingerbread master). But there will be rock shows and late nights and whiskey drinking and the joy of beneficent misbehaviour once again. Gathering these amazing artists' works is, for now, our way of staying connected to that sense of wildness."
Article by Beverley Knight