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The only official history of The Who—created with the full cooperation of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and spectacularly illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia—published in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the band's first album, My Generation, and their celebratory world tour.Three legendary bands are revered as the holy trinityThe only official history of The Who—created with the full cooperation of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and spectacularly illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia—published in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the band's first album, My Generation, and their celebratory world tour.Three legendary bands are revered as the holy trinity of modern rock and roll: The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Who. This landmark publication is the first official history of The Who featuring exclusive access to never-before-published images and memorabilia from the band's own archive, and from other sources including collectors and fans.Blending memoir, history, and music, The Who explores the influences that shaped the band and its members, from Britain’s post-war austerity to Elvis, Lonnie Donegan, and American youth counter-culture. It follows them through the Mod and Pop years and the furiously fast sixties, and charts the hit singles—"My Generation," "I’m a Boy,, "The Kids Are Alright," and "Pinball Wizard." It revels in memories of making it big in America and inspiring Jimi Hendrix to set his guitar on fire, and much more.It records the band’s highs—their groundbreaking artistic achievements of Tommy and Quadrophenia—and the devastating lows—the loss of Keith Moon and John Entwistle. The Who documents the extraordinary story of how a tax inspector, sheet metal worker, art school stoner and maverick drummer—John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Keith Moon—became one of the most famous and enduring musical acts of modern times and transformed the world, creating the sound of a generation.The Who includes approximately 500 color and black-and-white photos, band and fan memorabilia, and archive material; Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are writing the captions, providing an extra layer to the book; and there is a special pullout feature spreads providing vivid background social history and context....

Title : The Who: 50 Years: The Official History
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ISBN : 9780062396365
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Who: 50 Years: The Official History Reviews

  • James Gent
    2019-03-22 17:17

    Can't recommend this enough!

  • Tim Niland
    2019-02-22 10:59

    This coffee table book purports to be the official history of The Who, but the pictoral history would be more accurate as the book is stuffed with fantastic photos of the band, and the narrative is rather hit and miss. The book takes a roughly chronological account, beginning in the aftermath of the second world war through the early rock and roll of the 1950's like Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. The musicians themselves are introduced as somewhat wayward youths who came together to form a band at the hight of the Mod cultural explosion on Britain in the Mid 1960's. There are some interesting asides explaining Mod since they were so associated with it and the idea would emerge again in the Quadrophenia album and film. Along with their managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, they began to rise through the music scene with a series of excellent singles and then exploded with the legendary rock opera Tommy. There is some fairly in depth exposition about the making of the album along with Pete Townshend's ill fated concept album followup Lifehouse which ironically was salvaged into their most critically regarded album, Who's Next. Constant touring made the band larger than life in the eyes of many rock music fans and led to great pressure for follow up albums like the extraordinary mod coming of age double album Quadrophenia. The book tries to make a connection between the mod revolt of the mid/late 1960's and the punk revolt of the mid/late 1970's. The link is a little tenuous, but there's no doubt that there was much influence on bands like The Jam and The Clash. The band and the narrative flounders a bit moving through the late 1970's, rocked by drummer Keith Moon's death and the band's fading to a halt in the early 1980's The remainder of the book covers the various reunion tours that have happened since then and the loss of bassist John Entwistle in the 1990's. The band soldiers on with only two members remaining and Townshend ominously closes his comments by saying that the last one alive will have the final word. Overall, this will be a book that fans of the band and classic rock will want to have, since the photographs of the band and the ephemera of their years together are fascinating. The "history" is somewhat whitewashed with Townshend and Roger Daltrey overseeing, so you might want to balance it with a more critical and objective account the bands history as well.

  • M.L.D.
    2019-03-21 11:00

    For an "official history", this is woefully incomplete. Maybe that's the point of an "official history"; sanitize the more unsavory bits that the surviving band members would prefer to forget. However, Pete's ego comes through loud and clear. And while the objective of placing the band firmly in their time period by having essays about WWII, the Teds, the Mods, etc, sprinkled throughout the book is a noble one, it doesn't work. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere : The Complete Chronicle of the Who is a better volume.There are a lot of great pictures though. Fantastic pictorial history.

  • Blaine
    2019-03-20 17:19

    A stylish collection of photographs, odds & sods but, for a more comprehensive band history, I'd go with The Who: Maximum R&B by Richard Barnes or Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who by Dave Marsh.

  • Susan
    2019-02-20 12:24

    A bit disappointed in this coffee-table book. It just skimmed the surface of The Who. I guess all I can do is hope that Roger Daltry writes a book.

  • Olli-Pekka
    2019-03-03 15:12

    Olen usein ihmetellyt the Whon asemaa kolmen suurimman rock-yhtyeen joukossa the Beatlesin ja Rolling Stonesin rinnalla. The Who julkaisi urallaan verrattavan vähän musiikkia ja listojen kärkeen orkesterilla ei juuri ollut asiaa. Puhumattakaan siitä, että Suomessa yhtye on ihmeen tuntematon. Kirja toi esille bändin tarinan lisäksi paljon ajankuvaa sekä Britannian nuorisokulttuuria kuusikymmentäluvulta. Samalla selvisi kuinka yhtye toi julki nuorten tunteita, turhautumista ja puhutteli etenkin aikuistuvia miehiä. Muut aikalaiset tekivät kivoja lauluja yleisölleen, mutta the Who puhui yleisönsä kieltä. Yhtye toimi edelläkävijänä kovaäänisyydessä, konseptialbumeissa, soitinten rikkomisessa, elektronisessa musiikissa, keppostelemisessa... Kuin ohimennen yhtye tuli luoneeksi useita rock ´n rollin tavaramerkeistä. Paikka kolmen suuren joukossa on kiistaton.Luin kirjan rinnakkain Pete Townshendin omaelämänkerran kanssa ja aika paljon the Who: Virallinen tarina on lainannut materiaalia kirjasta. Siitäkin huolimatta kyseessä on itsenäinen teos. Oikestaan tällaisia bändikirjoja lukee mieluummin näin komeasti kuvitettuna, mukavasti taitettuna ja tiukkaan tiivistettynä, kuin perinteisen kirjan muodossa.