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ALBERT HAMMOND JR.

  • OCCUPATION

    Musician

  • HOMETOWN

    LA, California

  • CURRENT RESIDENCE

    New York, NY

Albert Hammond, Jr. is a musician and member of the garage rock band The Strokes.

Born on April 9, 1980, Hammond Jr. met Julian Casablancas whilst attending the elite boarding schoolInstitut Le Rosey in Switzerland at the age of 13. He would go on to be a fellow band member.

In 1998, Hammond met up with Casablancas in New York City and together they formed The Strokes with Casablancas' former schoolmates Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, and Fabrizio Moretti.

The Strokes debut album, Is This It has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s and of all time.

Playing the rhythm guitar (usually a 1985 '70s reissue Olympic White Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul Jr.) and occasional lead, he is also a solo musician.

Citing The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Frank Black, Guided By Voices, John Lennon, The Kinks, Bowie, Marley, The Clash, Built To Spill and The Velvet Underground amongst his major influences, Albert Hammond Jr. is one of the most successful and widely regarded musicians in the world. 

www.alberthammondjr.com

www.thestrokes.com

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTO-BIOGRAPHY BE? “Trouble Was The Name That They Gave Me”/The True Story Of Francis Trouble

WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT AND WHY? Passport – they won’t let me on the plane without it

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? Clear, blue water

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY”, WHO WOULD IT BE? If I could meet a few different people who range in profession and age and they can show me how they live, that would be interesting

WHAT OR WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY, AND WHY? R. Stevie Moore – because he’s awesome