The Strokes oral history everybody should read

by Eric Van Dril · 106 comments

Today, Vulture published an excerpt from Lizzie Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001–2011. It’s an oral history of The Strokes, beginning in 2002.

Check out the full oral history here. And buy the book!

Here’s a sample.

Albert Hammond Jr.: Ryan [Adams] 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.

Albert Hammond Jr.: 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.

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