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Formed in New York City, USA, in 1999, by the end of the following year the Strokes were being hyped as the most important rock band of the new millennium and hailed as the second coming of the Velvet Underground. Other, less forgiving critics dismissed them as a group of rich kids offering a pale pastiche of any number of great guitar rock bands.
Julian Casablancas (23 August 1978, USA: vocals), Nick Valensi (b. 16 January 1981, New York, USA; guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (b. 2 June 1980, Rio de Janerio, Brazil; drums) first began playing together at the elite Dwight School in Manhattan. Casablancas later attended Le Rosey, a boarding school in Switzerland, where he first met Albert Hammond Jnr. (b. 9 April 1979, USA; guitar), the son of singer-songwriter Albert Hammond. The two met up again at the end of the 90s when Hammond came to New York City to study at the Tisch School of the Arts. Casablancas and Hammond began rooming together and...