Where Richard Barnes tends to focus a great deal more on Pete Townshend than the rest of the band in his account and quite naturally, as he was and remains good friends with I'm a bit biased in my five star rating of this book, being as huge a Who fan as I am.
Where Richard Barnes tends to focus a great deal more on Pete Townshend than the rest of the band in his account and quite naturally, as he was and remains good friends with the fellow Dave Marsh takes a wider view, and even delves a bit into Roger Daltrey's solo projects as the book goes on.
Dave Marsh takes sparingly from press interviews throughout the course of the book, relies on first-hand interviews where he can, and even quotes snippets from Irish Jack 's unpublished memoir of the Mod period in England. From the very beginning of the book the passion Dave Marsh has for the band is apparent, and it rings true through his explanations of topics as disparate as the history of pirate radio, the difference's between the British and American music business, and the legal ramifications of change in copyright law through the Who's career.
That Dave Marsh was thorough should go without saying. This book has remained tantamount to a Who Bible for as long as it has for good reason. The fault with the book is the fault that would lie in any biography of a band - it just doesn't go deep enough, and indeed, it is impossible for it to go deep enough because what makes up the individual players in a band is deeper than it is possible for a single book to go into - without being terrifyingly long and tediously detailed.
The one fault that can be drawn with this book, and rightfully so, is that the author seems to lose interest in the Who after Keith Moon's death.
Face Dances and It's Hard are dealt with only in passing, and in a single chapter. The band's farewell tour is dealt with in a matter of paragraphs, and rather shrugged off when he could have gone down with more insight. Similarly, problems with The Kids are Alright could have been addressed more thoroughly though I reckon Twilight of the Gods will go into that a bit better. Nevertheless, this book is grand and a must-read by anyone with a keen interest in the band and the music industry in general from the 60s through the 80s.
Jan 20, Jeremy Levine rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was almost a shoe-in to be totally interesting, because The Who is one of the most interesting bands in the history of music, but David Marsh essentially ruined the whole thing. He: - Could not separate his critical writing from his biographical writing. At best, this leads to a couple of haphazard explanations of why certain tours or records did not go well. At medium, it's represented in the assumption that everyone has the same opinion on every song ever writte I, for one, happen t This book was almost a shoe-in to be totally interesting, because The Who is one of the most interesting bands in the history of music, but David Marsh essentially ruined the whole thing.
At medium, it's represented in the assumption that everyone has the same opinion on every song ever writte I, for one, happen to like "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere. Because Marsh is completely unable to separate his opinions from fact, you essentially can't assume that anything he writes is untainted. Pete's an interesting guy, and obviously his writing is what fueled the band, but the bulk of the book is about Pete's emotional difficulties about which Marsh makes a few judgment calls that are not necessarily justified by sufficient evidence and his opinons about capital-A Art which are, expectedly, difficult to separate from Marsh's.
Very little attention is paid to the actual writing and recording of music, and we do not get much of a portrait of the other band members. The Who's career lasted from ish to ish, but in a page book, we get to Who's Next released on page So if you aren't bothered by intense bias, love Pete Townshend and don't care about anyone else and don't want to read Pete's autobiography, which is also pretty boring but for other reasons , and really hate Quadrophenia, then this is the book for you Dec 12, Kirk rated it really liked it.
The first edition of this came into my hands on Christmas day , back when the Who still mattered. I read it all day and walked away thinking I needed a life. Not that it's not a good bookit's the best Who bio you'll find. Last year I paid 20 times that amount to see half of them.
Marsh came to the U of Missouri in 87 when I was a senior. There were about three of us in the audience, so he was happy when I brought up this book and asked him to sign it. Flash forward 18 years to a Springsteen conference in NJ, and, as I dutifully purchased an upgrade of his Bruce bios, I told him how much it meant to me that we had our Who conversation. To which his basic response was, "You think I give a rip?
Au revior, adolescence Jan 20, Steve Parcell rated it really liked it Shelves: uk-history , biography. Outstanding commentary of the rise of the Who. Dave Marsh delves deep in to each band member. The drive and sobriety of Daltrey amongst the excesses of the others and the lengths he would go to protect his interests and the Who.
Townsend's descent in to depression and angst whilst trying to continually produce hits and then albums of sufficient quality for his own very high standards. I would like more about John Entwistle but the Ox was always the quiet one who let his playing do the talking. Then Outstanding commentary of the rise of the Who. Then there was my favourite Keith Moon. The greatest drummer ever and a real likeable rogue who tried such extreme lengths to loved and always centre of attention.
But most importantly Marsh describes how his drumming was integral to the sound of the Who and they could never make the records they did before and after him.
Exceptionally well written although a little pretentious at times but Pete could be that way. Very very good and a real insight in to the world of rock legends and my favourite band of all time. Apr 18, Niko Taylor is currently reading it. For anyone who's talked to me about music recently, you know I've been on a huge Who kick. Well, I've finally got my hands on a reputable Who biography Marsh also wrote the excellent Springsteen bio Born to Run.
What have I learned so far? In particular, he was blown away by the song All I Really Want to Do, because it wasn't teen pop, it wasn't folk, it For anyone who's talked to me about music recently, you know I've been on a huge Who kick.
In particular, he was blown away by the song All I Really Want to Do, because it wasn't teen pop, it wasn't folk, it wasn't blues -- it was something new, something distinctively modern. I can't wait to continue reading -- where the heck did Tommy come from? Or Quadrophenia? Or the wacked-out ideas behing the Who's Next album, which started as Lifehouse, some communal living, mystical communication thing between the band and some select fans?
And what's the deal with Pete Townshend's guru? Yes, he has a guru. These are all questions that need to be answered.
This book is a lot like the band that it profiles: Great and Sloppy, Repetitive but Fascinating, Tiresome in its Uniqueness, Insightful and Pretentious. That said, his fascinating subject matter saves the whole shebang. Sep 22, Troy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Music Lovers.
This is the definitive story of the Who from there very beginning through about One of the cool things that Dave Marsh does in this is to explain English youth subculture in the 60's, especially the Mods, and how the Who became popular with that group. He also explores the individual members of the band, filling out some nice to know facts about them. There is also a lot said about the dynamics in the group as well as a lot of time spend examining the songs that make this the worlds g This is the definitive story of the Who from there very beginning through about There is also a lot said about the dynamics in the group as well as a lot of time spend examining the songs that make this the worlds greatest rock band, even decades after their heyday.
Amazingly well researched, and very well written. Jan 14, Mark Stalcup rated it really liked it. That, and a mention of them on WKRP in Cincinnatti, spurred me to snag this book, which is extraordinarily well written as a piece of critical reportage with the full cooperation of the band. While some might fault it for ending with the final show of the farewell tour, the stuff which followed - countless"reunions" even as half the band was dead; the dicey "Endless Wire" CD; Townsend's perversions In the early 80s, when I was just a mere pup, I caught the Who's Farewell Show at Toronto on HBO.
While some might fault it for ending with the final show of the farewell tour, the stuff which followed - countless"reunions" even as half the band was dead; the dicey "Endless Wire" CD; Townsend's perversions regarding the Internet - leaves the band diminished. Some books should end where they end, as some bands should.
This is one of those. I read almost all of this as an eighth grader to do my big research project that year. I chose to research Pete Townshend. I took it out from the library many times to reread certain parts until I found my own copy while in college.
I learned the majority of my Who knowledge from this book. Feb 12, Richard Motroni rated it really liked it. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. Directors: Paul Crowder , Murray Lerner 1 more credit ». Writer: Mark Monroe. Added to Watchlist.
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