‘Grand and Lorimer’ Excerpt

"In 2001 I shot six rolls of film this particular afternoon in Karen O’s bedroom/studio," Wilson writes. "Her whole room was a creative explosion."

Marilyn Manson stopped by a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Irving Plaza in 2003, and Nick Zinner invited him to the afterparty at Lit.

Babatunde "Tunde" Adebimpe, lead singer of TV on the Radio, belts out a song at Roseland Ballroom in 2003.
Chase signs posters at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, in 2004, one of the first times Wilson can recall anyone requesting autographs from the band.
In 2002, Liars (pictured) played Monster Island with the Roger Sisters and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as Hasidic children across the way gawked from their security-barred windows.

LaRocca, of Kayrock Screenprinting, around 2002, when he was designing posters for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Here, Karen waits backstage at Christian Joy’s Brat Style fashion show, 2002.
The Black Dice in 2002, on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. The picture was shot right in front of a pet store where one of the band members worked.
Shot from Wilson's window in 1999.
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