The Who: Concert Memories From the Classic Years 1964 to 1976 by Edoardo Genzolini
Out 18th December
Most know that the legendary band performed concerts at ear-splitting volumes, smashed their instruments and became one of the world’s most influential groups.
The period from 1964 to 1976 saw the creation of such classic songs as “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” as well as the Tommy, Who’s Next, and Quadrophenia albums. But how many know the stories of those fans affected by their music and live performances, or the angst and insecurities that drove bandleader Pete Townshend to new heights during this time?
This is a lavish hardback containing 304 pages of personal untold stories; hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and clarification of misinformation, myths, and legends.
‘Fanthologies’ have become more common over recent years, and this book covering ‘the classic years’ 1964-1976 is a most welcome addition; especially as a number of the contributors are getting older and therefore time may be running out to capture their tales.
This volume was originally published in Italian in 2018 and has now been translated into English by teacher Edoardo Genzolini and has been granted approval by Pete Townshend himself. The guitarist describes it as an “intriguing and extremely insightful take on the Who and myself,” as well as praising the photographs included, many of which are from fans own collections taken by fans (of varying quality, all of which are essential) as well as professional snaps. There are obviously many shots of the band on stage but also ones taken at radio stations, memorabilia and notes.
As you’d expect the book is chronological and each section provides an overview of the year, putting where the band were into context so it works as a history alongside lengthy memories of those who were there.
The beauty of books like this is you don’t need to read them chronologically though, you can flick through and find the gigs you want to read about, and you can focus on years or tours. It’s not essential to read from cover to cover in one sitting. Whether a long-term fan of the band or someone just getting into them, this is a ‘must have’ book which you will revisit time and time again.
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