-----The Strokes - leaders in the garage rock revival - formed in 1998 in New York City. They rose to fame in the early 2000s.
Julian Casablancas was born in New York City to Spanish-American business mogul John Casablancas, the founder of Elite Model Management, and Jeanette Christiansen, a former Danish model who was Miss Denmark in 1965.
When he was 14, Casablancas was caught drinking before school and had to attend a rehabilitation program called Phoenix House. Soon afterwards, his father sent him to Institut Le Rosey, an elite boarding school in Switzerland, where he met future Strokes member and guitar player, Albert Hammond, Jr.
His signature vocal style draws influences from Lou Reed and Jim Morrison. He has also said that Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" is his favorite song of all time.
The Strokes debut album Is This It in 2001, met with much critical acclaim. New Musical Express magazine named it their Album of the Decade. Since then, the band has maintained a large fan base, mostly in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
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The band has maintained a large fan base all over the world. Members of the group have embarked on a variety of side projects, although a fourth album, entitled Angles, was released on March 22, 2011.
The Strokes are presently working on their fifth studio album.
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