Out now is Record Collector magazine's career-spanning look at the Who. From their humble beginnings as the top mod band on the London club circuit to their revered status as living legends — all the Who's classic eras are examined.
The announcement for the special edition reads in part:
Crammed full of amazing facts about Pete (Townshend), Roger (Daltrey), John (Entwistle) and Keith (Moon). . . and Kenney (Jones). . . and the current duo of Pete and Roger and their touring band, this edition includes a comprehensive UK discography plus a feature on the Who’s 100 most sought-after releases and loads more.
Lots of lovely pics of course, including this cover shot done in 1969 for Vogue, and several you may never have seen before.
Dougal Butler, Keith Moon's closest confidante and road manager, told us the drummer's hard partying ways often got in the way of performing: “Keith never had a kit in his house — never practiced at all. And he'd only rehearse for a couple of weeks before they went on a UK, or an American tour, or a European tour and that was it. As soon as they started rehearsing — that was it. Keith would be getting into his usual old ways of before.”
Roger Daltrey told us he believes the Who's new music easily stands tall alongside the band's most beloved material: “I think it's some of our best work since the '70s. I would've liked a bit more time on it, 'cause we did it in a bit of a rush, 'cause it was supposed to be out in July and they pushed the date back for release 'til now. But, all in all, I'm pleased with it. It's good. It's really good stuff. It shows that Pete hasn't lost his bite as a writer — as a songwriter. Which is important, y'know, he's just not a product stuck in the '60s — he's very much a man of today.”E