For the past two years, the legendary British rock band The Who have been celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band. With only two surviving original members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend set out on a world tour that has received rave reviews for the band. But how about their past, well Race Point Publishing has just released the perfect book to help you catch up with The Who.
The book's title, "The Who: 50 Years of My Generation" is exactly the book you need. It goes through the early days of The Who, when they were known as The High Numbers as author Mat Snow tells the tale of these four lads from London. Their local rise to fame came swift as they became THE band for the London Mod scene. The thing that took The Who into superstardom, besides the music, was their unpredictability on stage. Mat Snow does an excellent job covering The Who's chart success and Pete Townshend's competitive spirit during the sixties, along with a touch of their private lives.
The book dives into the depths of their 1969 monumental release "Tommy" and their appearance at the Woodstock Festival. Graced along the stories are over 250 color and B&W photos that are simple stunning. Most of the photos have never been published before as they help tell the story of The Who's massive success. As each chapter dives deeper into the lives and history of the band, Snow comes across some of the difficult times they've encountered with an unbiased outlook as things became harder for The Who in late-seventies because of the drug and alcohol abuse by drummer Keith Moon.
The book quickly glances over the untimely death of Moon and the disbandment of The Who after a couple more studio albums with replacement drummer Kenny Jones. Snow touches upon the eighties with a flurry of solo albums by band members, before the reconstruction of The Who in 1996 for the anniversary tour of the highly successful rock opera "Quadrophenia." That tour signaled a comeback for the band as they have consistently toured since then.
On the eve of The Who's 2002 tour, bassist John Entwhistle was found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room of a drug overdose. Instead of remaining band members Daltrey and Townshend calling it quits, the band raged on knowing that life was short and they still had more to say to all their fans.
While the book does not go into great depths of each of The Who's albums and does not cause any alarm for controversy, it does allow the reader to discover the super highs and lows of this amazing band. As The Who continue to celebrate this milestone in music, "The Who: 50 Years of My Generation" needs to be the new starting point of every discussion of the band. To find out more about this amazing new book, please visit quartoknows.com.