THE WHO: I Was There


THE WHO: I Was There

RICHARD HOUGHTON    Book Number: 89036    Product format: Paperback

More than any other band that emerged in the 1960s, The Who is associated with live performance, and these accounts of over 300 gigs by people who were there is an unusual take on the band's colourful history. Keith Rowley, a neighbour in Shepherd's Bush, remembers Daltrey making his first guitar from a block of wood, peering at a Stratocaster in the local music shop to get an idea of the shape. The band started when Daltrey, Townshend and Entwistle got together in 1962 as The Detours. Keith Moon joined in 1964, much younger than the rest of the band, and initially refused an audition until his dad insisted they give him a go on the drums. After that it was a no-brainer. Between 1963 and 1978 they performed well over 1600 times. At the Pavilion Ballroom in 1965, Moon sold Dave Greene an amp that the group had "forgotten" to return, for which they had quite a reputation. At 1968 at Silver Blades Ice Rink in Bristol, John Moger remembers that the combined body heat of the audience started to melt the ice and he ended up ankle-deep in water. John Harris quotes his diary at York University in 1968: "Townshend finished by throwing his guitar at the wall, kicking his amplifier over it, and jumping on top before walking off." After Hollywood Bowl in 2006 Sarah Novelli writes "I hope Pete and Roger keep on keeping on." 446pp, paperback, black and white photos.
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ISBN 9781911346173
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