A Brief History Of Rock Music And Coffee
By: Tiffany Do
There’s nothing better than listening to your favorite band’s latest album while sipping on some coffee — at least, that’s what the Strokes think.
The New York City–based quintet behind such hit songs as “Last Nite” and “Reptilia” has opened a pop-up record store and coffee shop in its hometown as part of what seems like a celebration of the group’s latest album release as well as their headlining position at Governor’s Ball this weekend, according to Noisey. No Room is situated on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and is open every day until June 5 from noon until 9 p.m. The shop will stay open later on June 2 for a midnight release of the band’s upcoming album, Future Present Past.
This isn’t the first time that prominent musicians have mixed caffeine and choruses.
Last summer, Neil Young and the Promise of the Real, which features Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas Nelson, called out giant coffee conglomerate Starbucks for possibly aiding Monsanto in suing the state of Vermont to stop accurate food labeling in the song “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.”
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of British Steel, metal band Judas Priest released a limited-edition coffee blend of the same name as the aforementioned album in April 2015. The blend was created in collaboration with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee.
In May 2014, quirky, angel-voiced indie rocker St. Vincent asked her fans to “Bring Me Your Mugs” — a play on her song “Bring Me Your Loves” — and to fill them with her signature Intelligentsia blend. The performer expressed her love for the coffee shop in a statement, saying she “stood at their counter waiting for my order, like a fan waiting for a show. Eager. Expectant. So when my favorite coffee shop approached me about collaborating on a signature coffee, I was thrilled.”
And way back in 1961, when folk singer Bob Dylan made his New York City debut, he made a stop at then coffee house Café Wha? in Greenwich Village and performed a set of Woodie Guthrie songs.