In 2001, the Strokes helped usher in a massive rock revival with their stunning debut Is This It. SPIN has been along for the ride from the beginning, reporting on the quintet's early shows and first U.K. invasion, putting them on three magazine covers, and even reviewing their recent solo projects.
As the leaders of Manhattan's Lower East Side music scene gear up for the release of their new album Angles on March 22, take a look back at the band's ride to the top.
Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the Clash and Blondie, just to name a handful — Johnny Rotten eventually discovered that setting his shredding guitars and caterwauling vocals to a dance-floor thump gave his music a power… More »