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The Strokes: Is This It (RCA)

Yancey Strickler, Flak Magazine, July 2001

GERMAN SOCIAL theorist Walter Benjamin's landmark essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' argues that an original piece of artwork possesses an aura of importance that a reproduction cannot. It seems like an obvious concept, that an original is more valuable than an imitation, but the buzz surrounding the Strokes hints that some people prefer prints to Picassos.

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