A new book called Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City by Lizzy Goodman, is an oral history of the NYC rock and roll scene in the early 2000s. The book interviews principles from that era including The Strokes, Ryan Adams, Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, LCD Soundsystem and others.
If you grew up listening to alternative rock in the 2000s, there will be a lot going on for you in this book.
Vulture has some excerpts from the book which comes out on May 27th. One of the stories involves Ryan Adams coming to The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr.’s place to do heroin.
Albert Hammond Jr: Ryan would always come and wake me at two in the morning and have drugs, so I’d just do the drugs and kind of numb out. I knew I would shoot up drugs from a very young age. I’d been wanting to do heroin since I was 14 years old.
I remember Julian threatening to beat Ryan [Adams] up if he hung out with me, as a protective thing. He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, “If you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass.” I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence.
Ryan Adams: That’s so sad, because Albert and I were friends. If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did. I was around and we actually spent time together. He would show me his songs. It was like, “No one ever listens to my music, but do you want to hear it?” I would be like, “Fuck yeah!” I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs.
Julian Casablancas (front man, the Strokes): Did I specifically tell Ryan to stay away from Albert? I can’t remember the details, to be honest. I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a person’s soul away. So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy — you’re gonna step in.
Ryan Adams: I didn’t do drugs socially, and I don’t remember doing drugs with Albert ever. I wanted to smoke cigarettes and drink, like, dark red wine or vodka and write all night.
It’s a pretty cool read if you’re into it.