The "Strokes": This is it: This Is It Paperback – 15 May 2002
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About the Author
As editor and publisher of his own Independent Music Press, Martin Roach is an experienced chronicler of modern rock. Following the critical success of The Right to Imagination and Madness, Martin has written biographies on Blur, The Prodigy and others.
Top Customer Reviews
As a big fan of The Strokes, I was looking forward to the first book about them, and this does not disappoint. The most interesting parts deal with exactly why they made such a huge cultural impact, arriving as they did in an era of corporate-sponsored nu-metal, and also a small part about the history of New York bands, which plays a part in their unique retro sound.
The only quibble I have about this book is the fact that the end two chapters feel a little rushed and sparse, but this is understandable seeing as the band have not been around for the best part of a year.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to any fan of the band, as it is also bolstered by the addition of a colour photo portion in the centre!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I've since caught up with ALL their history and all the hype that surrounded their first album, "Is This It." So to detail what this book is exactly...well, it's essentially a detailed and chronological account of all the press material, interviews, and magazine articles. While others may think, "Oh, wow. This guy actually got to sit down with The Strokes and interview them," that is not the case. I know this because I recognize quotes from the band as coming from magazine articles from Rolling Stone, NME, Spin, etc. And that's completely fine because rather than seeking out those now outdated articles, you get a great account of a great band in one book.
However, my problem with the book is its timing. Who in their right mind writes a biography about a band after one album? I understand the band's significant impact on rock music, inspiring the likes of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, and The Libertines, to name a few. The Strokes were heralded as "saviors of rock," before their album even released. But perhaps it would be best to examine their impact on our culture after more than two years.