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Pretend You're In A War: The Who and the Sixties

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"A definitive tome for both Who fans and newcomers alike" - Q Magazine

Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who's violent live performances. His answer? 'Pretend you're in a war.' For a band as prone to furious infighting as it was notorious for acts of 'auto-destructive art' this could have served as a motto.

Between 1964 and 1969 The Who released s
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Aurum Press Ltd (first published January 1st 2015)
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Tim Niland
Aug 15, 2016 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
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This is an extremely comprehensive look at the great rock 'n' roll band The Who and their activities in the 1960's as they moved from a scrappy mod band to a group of pop music superstars. The book begins with an overview of the childhoods of each of the four principal members of the band as well as a deep dive into the lives of their managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. There is a description of London in the 1950's and early 1960's as a grey place, all stiff upper lip and steady on. The ...more
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May 30, 2016 Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it. I’ve read several books about The Who, and didn’t really think I had much more of substance to learn about them. Shows how little I know! This one gave me new insight into their early years. It turns out their rise to stardom was much more difficult, frustrating, and fraught with conflict than I had realized. That’s good for me to hear, because I've long been romanticizing those early years, and saying to myself, “If only I could have been drumming in The Who in 1964 - 1967….” ...more
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Nov 21, 2015 Todd Williams rated it really liked it
that they survived to make another record beyond tommy was remarkable...and I'm really glad they did-ever hear who's next??! particularly illuminating was what I read about kit lambert...kit lived an insane life-equal to the mania of the who
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If not the best band of their era, The Who were by far the best, most chaotic live band.
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We'll written history of The Who in the 60s.
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