Photography: Chris Searl’s On The Road With Julian Casablancas (UPDATED)

by Eric Van Dril · 22 comments

UPDATE: From the comments of this post comes this link from Mary Shea: . Apparently this series of pictures was part of a larger project where Julian wrote some captions about what it’s like to tour on the road.

There are the aforementioned captions along with a few new pictures in the gallery you can download by visiting in the link above. Enjoy. UPDATE OVER

I just stumbled across a gallery of behind the scenes photographs taken by Chris Searl from Julian’s Phrazes For The Young and they are unquestionably the best photographs I will ever post on this site.

This is day in the life of Julian Casablancas…


Once again, you can see the entire gallery right here.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm


2 Becky November 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Eric, how do you and whatever shadowy Sith lord is behind Strokes Fans always just “happen” upon this stuff? How did you guys know when Stubbs tickets went on sale?
Am I totally naive right now? I guess ignorance is bliss because I’m a pretty blissed out person (especially now with these pics)…
And I’m guessing you’ll never tell, so why am I even asking?

3 Eric Van Dril November 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

@Becky — I found these pictures long before the girl who does the @thestrokes_fans twitter page. She took them from this post and then didn’t give me credit. It may seem like we found them at the same time because of Twitter, but I had this post scheduled for eight hours because I didn’t want to overshadow the Halloween update I did earlier in the day.

Anyway, I can’t tell you how I find them. When I finish writing this site, I’m either going to hand this over to someone and tell them how I find things or just do a post about it so that everyone knows how. But for now, I can’t share that information because I would become useless.

4 Steph November 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

These photos are beautifulll.

5 Becky November 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Eric, I was totally into your tease. Gave me something to look forward to all day. And, wow, now that I look at it, that Strokes Fan girl did completely fuck you. That’s uncool…

6 Jordan November 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I’m sure Eric does things a different way but there’s a pretty simple way to find things up to date that involves just slight tinkering with a VERY popular website.

7 Becky November 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Jordan, I’m old, stupid, and fairly god damn lazy, and I greatly enjoy sitting back while young men toil…so I’ll let Eric do his thing & stop asking questions I do not want the answers to.

8 Claire November 3, 2010 at 3:51 am

I refuse to believe this man is in his 30s. He looks 21!! anyway those pictures are beautiful!

9 Mary Shea November 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

Eric, you should really check in at HTE more often! I know it’s sometimes overwhelming and difficult to fish through the more lighthearted fangirl nonsense to find the actual substantial posts, but I’ve got my brief check-ins down to a science. Some of these photos were posted there months ago (actually I think they were scans from a mag they were in). I didn’t even stop to think that you may not have seen them. But someone did, just yesterday, post this very link. There are a few new photos in the mix.

10 Eric Van Dril November 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

@Mary Shea — I’ve only been there once to write about this crazy stalker girl I was dealing with. I don’t enjoy the site or a lot of the people I’ve had to deal with through this site or Twitter, so I’m not going to, even if I’m three months late with these pictures.

11 annie November 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

What’s HTE?

12 Mary Shea November 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Yeah I understand. I check in every day and post occasionally, though I’m not apart of the big social circle….Just pretty much sift for new posts. I saw your post about that girl though. Turns out she was the one who send me a PM calling me the “lowest of low” and “disgusting” only to realize she had mistaken me for someone else or misunderstood me or something. She was indeed crazy

HTE: The biggest (I think) Strokes fan forum. Since so many (and likely the most obsessed) people belong, typically news regarding the Strokes appears there first. However, you also have to fish around through a lot of nonsense (and I mean that lightly–it’s just the people there are all very friendly with one another and can sometimes digress off-topic. There is also a huge “general” section that has nothing to do with the Strokes). Whether it’s your thing or not depends, I suppose, on whether you want to build relationships around Strokes fandom and waste a lot of time on the internet, or whether you want to get straight up facts quickly.

13 annie November 4, 2010 at 5:48 am

Thanks @MaryShea! I guess I probably have enough time-wasting problems as it is but I might check it out. @Eric – thanks for the post, it was news to me! Poor Julian cuts a lonely pose in those photos.

14 kristine November 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing these : )

15 Mary Shea November 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Here is the link to the hi-res scans from the magazine I mentioned with captions by Julian! And courtesy of Luke, admin at I owe much thanks to him!

16 Marina November 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I published some of them on my blog a long time ago. I found them thanks to a friend that loves monster children.

17 Speedy November 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

@Eric, do you make money off of this site?
well when you decide to step down i wouldnt mind running this lol. or having my college tuition self-paid.

18 Bob November 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

finally found a video of Nikolai Fraiture from Petty Fest…

19 Laurena November 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Excuse me but i did not find these pictures on your site. A girl on twitter (@fluffydelberg) retweeted them from someone else and i got them from her. I always give people credit on my page if they link me something. Including you so stop making snide comments about me behind my back. I know this isnt the first time you’ve done it either.

20 Mary Shea November 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Go Bob!

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