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The "Strokes": This is it: This Is It Paperback – 15 May 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 01 edition (15 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711996016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711996014
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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It would be very hard to write a comprehensive account of a band that, however good it is, is still only in its relative infancy. However, Martin Roach deals with this admirably, putting together details of all five members early days, when they met, how they came to sound like they do, and how they have dealt with the massive media interest sparked.
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!
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I thought this book was absolute rubbish, apart from the pictures, I am a huge Strokes fan and I actually picked up on lots of mistakes in the "facts" offered in this book. Utter crap.
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HASH(0x8c2bfdb0) out of 5 stars Too Soon 29 Mar. 2011
By Eric Gorodetsky - Published on
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Before I start, let me just say that The Strokes are my all-time favorite band. However, I wasn't turned on to them in their "Is This It" days. Unfortunately, where I'm from there's only one Modern Rock radio station and they played the likes of Papa Roach and other heavy rock bands. Nothing indie, nothing quite like The Strokes. I discovered the band in September of 2003 when they performed on Conan O'Brien and my life was never the same.

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.
HASH(0x8c3a8c0c) out of 5 stars Great for history buffs 10 Jan. 2013
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Lots of background on these "poor little rich boys" for those of us that are interested in such. Amusing breakdown of the songs on "Is This It" along with quotes from the musicians on some of how they were thinking when they made it.
HASH(0x8c437564) out of 5 stars The book is in close to perfect condition for it being used 22 Jan. 2016
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The book is in close to perfect condition for it being used. The book is really interesting and i loved it.
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HASH(0x8bffcaa4) out of 5 stars The Strokes Do it again 14 Sept. 2003
By Billy - Published on
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The strokes have amazed me again, even though its not the strokes wirting this book, i sit in amazement reading this brilliantly written book, not only does it tell about the strokes, it tells what music they were up against, this book is a must have for any strokes fan, although compared to me, you might all be mediocre, since i do have a strokes tattoo, and all i listen to all day is the strokes, email me to chat about the strokes, [email address]
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