A completely revised and updated edition of the best book written on one of the world's greatest, and most explosive, rock bands: The Who. Organized by year, it has all the most current information, and will coincide with the release of the band's first new album in 32 years.
The Who put on one of the most astounding stage shows ever seen (culminating in a blaze of smashed-up instruments) and took popular music to new heights with the first rock opera. Together, songwriter Pete Townshend, sexy lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist John Entwhistle, and drumming wild man Keith Moon redefined rock. Here, in a series of day-to-day diaries brimming with enthusiasm, thoroughness, and fresh information, is the tale of their performing career. The authors gained rare access to various official archives, many not viewed before; to friends and associates (some of whom had never spoken publicly about their relationship with the group); and to Pete, Roger, and John themselves. Three hundred photos capture the charismatic band, Daltrey has contributed a foreword, and the diaries recount club dates, TV appearances, auditions, and recordings. No Who fan can do without this unprecedented and engrossing look at the band.
"650 images...capture The Who's journey from raucous r&b interpreters to roiling rockers..."-- The Washington Post
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Andy Neill has written extensively about popular music and has regularly contributed to Record Collector and Mojo. Matt Kent is one of the key organisers of Who conventions in the UK and co-founder of the Who fan club Naked Eye.From Booklist:
Although the Who was one of the most popular British rock bands of the 1960s and '70s, it hasn't been documented as thoroughly as such others as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Now it is, thanks to indefatigable researchers Neill and Kent, who go beyond what the fans are familiar with into the obsessive detail of a day-by-day chronicle listing concerts, recording sessions, record releases, and other events, illustrated by copious photographs and other memorabilia. The book begins in the late '50s, when the band's musicians began playing together in "trad jazz" bands, and continues to the phenomenal success of their groundbreaking rock opera Tommy and subsequent emergence as one of the world's most popular acts, filling stadiums on both sides of the Atlantic. Neill and Kent wisely wrap things up with the death of drummer Keith Moon in 1978. Many feel the band should have done the same thing, but it continues performing to huge crowds of loyal fans who will appreciate this painstaking chronicle. Gordon Flagg
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