Last Nite: Lesser Gods and Morrison Hotel Gallery celebrate The Strokes: The First Ten Years.

Nikolai Fraiture and Cody Smyth (Photo credit: Dan Bassini)

(October 25, 2017). Luminaries from the music, photography, fashion and design worlds gathered together at the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of Cody Smyth’s acclaimed new photo retrospective on New York’s last great rock ’n’ roll band, The Strokes: The First Ten Years.

Attendees enjoyed drinks by Sailor Jerry and Old Blue Last while taking in the historic rock photo collection inside the Morrison Hotel’s famed Soho gallery space. The stylish crowd included beauty mogul Linda Rodin, design impresario Tucker Viemeister, Strokes manager Ryan Gentles, Beata Henrichs-Lieb and Jodi Lahaye of Hedgehouse, writer and radio host Jenny Eliscu, and Matthew Hitt, lead singer of The Drowners.

Excited fans got a special treat when Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes stopped by with his brother Pierre to congratulate his old friend Cody.  Both fans and friends alike came away with signed copies of the book and even some never-before-seen limited edition prints of the band.

The celebrated book features intimate photos of The Strokes going all the way back to their formative years at the Dwight School on the Upper West Side to their seminal early shows on the Lower East Side and onto their triumphant world tours, with essays by Roman Coppola, Jay McInerney, Marc Spitz, and Claude Franques. This is Cody Smyth’s first book.

Strokes manager Ryan Gentles takes in the book as writer Jenny Eliscu looks on.

Lesser Gods Publisher Jacob Hoye, Cody, and the book’s editor and designer, Gabriel Kuo.

Matthew Hitt of The Drowners and a friend.

Matthew Stavro, Julia Oxman and Marcelle Murdock of Morrison Hotel Gallery catch a moment.

Legendary photo printer Craig Smyth and industrial design icon Tucker Viemeister.

Fashion and beauty mogul Linda Rodin, Cody, and photographer Kathy Findlay.

Beata Heinrichs-Lieb and Jodi Lahaye of Hedgehouse USA get their books signed.

Cody with Claude Franques, contributing writer and old friend. 

Cody with set designer and stylist Nadya Gurevich.


All photos by Dan Bassini (except photos 15, 18 and 19 by Lesser Gods).

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