“The recollections in The First Ten Years are so personal and intimate that you feel like you’re being let into one of the band’s old basement hangs at 2A. . . . The book’s biggest treats aren’t the sweaty, sultry shots of shows at Don Hill’s, Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom, and Hammerstein Ballroom; they’re the snaps of the guys during their high school years in the mid-’90s, looking like typical grunge fanboys.” ?Bedford and Bowery
"Cody's been with us since the very beginning?always a motivator, forever a friend. Along the way he captured some very special moments. I didn't even know he'd brought along his camera." ?Nick Valensi
"This book is brimming with nostalgia. It feels like the scrapbook we never made." ?Fabrizio Moretti
The first authorized visual record of one of New York's greatest bands.
An intimate and impressionistic narrative of The Strokes' first ten years, including images of the guys when they were students at the Dwight School in Manhattan and would gather for lunches at a local diner. This is a peerless window into the group through the lens of a close friend who was there before it even began.
Handsomely housed in an exceptional package that combines premium art paper for the photography and a textured stock for the text sections, including a special dust jacket design, the book features hundreds of color and black and white images of the band in public and in private. A truly personal look at the rise of this singular band, which is still relevant and a top draw worldwide.
"My friend Cody has photographed The Strokes since the very beginning and has built a varied and substantial collection, probably the most definitive out there." ?Mick Rock
Cody Smyth has been shooting professionally for nearly twenty years, working for clients such as Vanity Fair, NME, Nylon, Dazed & Confused, MTV, and Ford Models.
Mick Rock is known as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies" for his iconic images of Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, and more. His most recent book is Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973, published by Taschen.
Gabriel Kuo began his career working in the music industry at Rolling Stone, Sony Music, and MTV. He then formed the design studio BRM, working with clients such as Adidas, ESPN, and Heineken, as well as projects for Ghostface Killah, Maroon 5, The Misshapes, and Kanye West.