The Strokes

The First Ten Years

Photography by Cody Smyth, Introduction by Mick Rock, Edited by Gabriel Kuo

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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).

“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 their 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 The Strokes—one of the biggest and most enduring bands in the world.

“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

October 2017
8 x 10 | 240 pp
Jacketed Paperback $35.00 | CAN $48.50


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 20, 7 pm, Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL): Cody Smyth will be signing copies of The Strokes: The First Ten Years. Click here for more information.


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