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  • Series: Genuine Jawbone Books
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002350
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richie Unterberger is an acclaimed author and music historian, renowned for his meticulous research. A regular contributor to the All Music website, Mojo, Record Collector and many other publications, he has also written hundreds of liner notes for CD reissues of classic albums of the 1960s and 1970s. His previous books include Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll; the two-part 1960s folk-rock history Eight Miles High and Turn! Turn! Turn!; White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day; and The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film, which won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

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Richie Unterberger has been writing about little-known and well-known rock and popular music of all kinds for more than 25 years. Of his eleven books, the most recent "Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia,"" published by Jawbone Press in March 2011. It details the Who's amazing and peculiar journey in the years during the early 1970s in which they struggled to follow up "Tommy" with a yet bigger and better rock opera. Drawing on material from several dozen interviews and mountains of rare archival coverage and recordings, it's the definitive account of this fascinating period in the Who's career.

Also recently published is "White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day." Issued by Jawbone Press in 2009, this is the most comprehensive book ever written about this legendary and innovative group. The 368-page volume details the group's recording sessions, record releases, concerts, press reviews, and other major events shaping their career with both thorough detail and critical insight. Drawing on about 100 interviews and exhaustive research through documents and recordings rarely or never accessed, it unearths stories that have seldom been told, and eyewitness accounts that have seldom seen print, from figures ranging from band members to managers, producers, record executives, journalists, concert promoters, and fans. The July 2009 issue of MOJO magazine hails it as "an impressive menas to reflect on the conundrum of what could be the ultimate cult band...detailed and anecdote-packed." Uncut magazine chose it as #4 in its list of the ten best music books of 2009.

In 2006, Backbeat Books published his seventh book, "The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film," a mammoth 400-page, 300,000-word guide to the incredible wealth of music the Beatles recorded that they did not release, as well as musical footage of the group that hasn't been made commercially available. The book won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in the "Best Discography" division of the "Best Research in Recorded Rock Music" category.

His sixth book, "Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock" (Backbeat, 2003) , is the second book in a two-volume history of the 1960s folk-rock movement. "Eight Miles High" covers folk-rock from mid-1966 to the end of the 1960s, drawing on more than 100 first-hand interviews, as did its predecessor, "Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution," which covers the history of folk-rock through mid-1966.

His book "Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll," published by Backbeat in 1998, profiled 60 underappreciated cult rock artists of all styles and eras. Its sequel, "Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock," was published by Backbeat in the fall of 2000. Both of these books draw extensively upon first-hand interviews with the musicians profiled, as well as interviews with many of their close associates. These volumes cover important artists that have rarely been covered in depth in print, and have often rarely had the opportunity to tell their stories and put forth their perspectives.

He is also author of "The Rough Guide to Music USA," a guidebook to the evolution of regional popular music styles throughout America in the twentieth century; "The Rough Guide to Jimi Hendrix"; and the first two editions of the travel guidebook "The Rough Guide to Seattle." Since 1993, he has been a prolific contributor to the All Music Guide, the largest on-line database of music biographies and album reviews, for which he has written thousands of entries. He is the co-author of "The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience," published by the Rough Guides in early 2007.

He regularly presents events featuring rare rock films in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere, at public libraries and other venues. These include the main public libraries of San Francisco, Seattle, Portland Oregon, and San Jose, as well as the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Organizations interested in having him present such events can contact him through his website, www.richieunterberger.com. In summer 2011, he taught a course on the Beatles for the College of Marin's community education program, and will be teaching it again for the September 6-October 11 fall session.

He has also contributed travel and music pieces to various publications, including MOJO, Record Collector, Pulse, rollingstone.com, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Rough Guide to Rock, The Rough Guide Book of Playlists, the East Bay Express, 100 Albums That Changed Music, the Oxford American, the Daily Telegraph, No Depression, Ugly Things, American Songwriter, and Perfect Sound Forever. He has written liner notes to several hundred CD reissues for the Collectors' Choice Music, Sundazed, Rhino, Shout Factory, Water, 4 Men With Beards, Sunbeam, Raven, Stax, Beatball, and Top Sail labels. He is among the journalists interviewed for recent film documentaries on the Byrds, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, the Doors, Neil Young, and the genesis of New York underground rock in the 1960s and 1970s. He has traveled to more than thirty countries, and is a passionate advocate of independent travel and alternative culture in general. He lives in San Francisco.

There is more information about Richie Unterberger and his books on his website, www.richieunterberger.com.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dream on March 28, 2011
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Another excellent book here by Mr. Unterberger. How does he find all the details? I suspect he was hiding in Pete's speaker cabinet to learn all the information here. I thought I knew a fair bit on The Who, but so much here I'm learning for the first time. Well done. Get this, sit down while cranking Who's Next at volume level 11 and enjoy... I did. Dr. Dream
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kjcheek on April 28, 2012
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Outstanding book on The Who's epic period. I have always been fascinated with the failed concept of "Lifehouse" after "Tommy" but never could seem to find substantial details about it. I was particularly interested in Pete Townshend's state of mind during this period. What was his primary point? Was "Lifehouse" a story or something more? How involved were Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp with this idea? I have collected Who books for the last 30 years and never seemed to be able to get to the bottom of it. Yes, there is various information out there but Richie Unterberger has uncovered treasure in my opinion. He goes into loving detail regarding Townshend's pitch, execution and ultimate failure of "Lifehouse" as a tangible concept. The band's various attempts to record the material and the experimentation of the Young Vic concerts were particularly interesting to me. Still we all are lucky to have "Who's Next" as a result. The journey is fascinating and Mr. Unterberger has done a masterful job in presenting the facts. I tip my hat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DW on October 10, 2011
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This nice looking book delves deeply into the archives to try to reveal the sources of Pete Townshend's creative genius after The Who's Tommy album. The "universal note", Sufi mysticism, use (and subsequent rejection) of drugs, electronic music, virtual reality, synthesizers, back to nature themes were all mixed up to inspire Who's Next and Quadrophenia albums.

It's too bad Ritchie Unterberger didn't just interview Townshend as a lot of the book deals in supposition and archival material to try to piece together the past.

There are many more details presented here which are not in any other book I've read about Pete Townshend or the Who. Maybe too much for the casual reader.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maelje on February 25, 2012
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I love the subject matter of this book, but found the writing a bit disjointed.

That said, anyone fascinated with Pete Townshend's music for The Who during the band's fertile middle period should enjoy this. After "Tommy," Townshend was seeking to write another rock opera, but "Lifehouse" never made it to record as he intended. Part of the problem was the plot, one element of which has the Who finding the "eternal note" and, with its audience, simply disappearing into musical bliss.

Instead, the Who ended up with "Who's Next," perhaps the greatest single album of its career, and Townshend reloaded to compose "Quadrophenia," a two-disc set about mods, rockers and, yes, the transcendence of music in the mid-1960s in England.

The author does a great job of covering the events that led through these recordings, though again, I found his prose to be choppy at times. More importantly, he gets into the band's collective head to find out why one rock opera was rejected and another ultimately recorded. As much as anything, this book is a fascinating depiction of the collective creative process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Innocent Bystander on March 14, 2013
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Richie Unterberger has crafted an in-depth history of a specific period of The Who's career. The period in question, from the aborted Lifehouse project on through the masterpiece Quadrophenia shows a band at the peak of their powers, creating at a furious pace and creating works that would stand the test of time. Unterberger leaves no stone unturned while getting inside the head of the various band members through archival interviews with not only the band but also the engineers, producers, managers, studio musicians, etc. who worked with the band. These interviews, especially provide an immense amount of background and reveal amazing insights into the music The Who produced during that historic period. Unterberger's book shines a light on just how progressive The Who were, especially during that period - and not progressive as in '70s progressive rock bands (though there were certainly strands of that musical style in certain Who cuts from the period), but progressive in terms of the way they took the rock form and reshaped and molded it into something new and astonishingly complex. Won't Get Fooled Again shows just how special The Who were at this point in their career, and how in pushing the boundaries of rock they created music that still packs as much impact and power as it did forty or more years ago. This book is essential for all Who fans, especially the obsessives!
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