Nick Valensi is the lead guitarist for the band The Strokes. He started playing guitar at age five. His father died when he was 10.His mother owns a restaurant on New York's Upper East Side. He has an older sister and a younger sister.He is the youngest member of The Strokes, but is also the tallest, measuring in at 6'4". He is known for his Customized Epiphone Riviera.