The Strokes

By David Downs

 

New York city garage rock kingpins The Strokes never had to earn a dime. Vocalist Julian Casablancas, guitarists Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, drummer Fabrizio Moretti and bassist Nikolai Fraiture were born into a world of private schools and family contacts in the media. Almost groomed to be rock stars by default, their EP “This Modern Age” (2001-Rough Trade) sparked into a major label bidding war for their first LP Is This It (2001-RCA/Rough Trade). The album positioned the leather-clad quartet as the natural inheritors to rock's legacy, with... Read More

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