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on April 18, 2017
i have had an original hard cover copy of this book for decades and it is fantastic!!!!!! i grabbed this copy at a great price to dust up on some re reading while i had some down time at work and it was great to read all these facts/stories again, some of what you will read in this book are some of the same things that where in a much much more recent who book called PRETEND YOU ARE IN A WAR IN THE SIXTIES. regardless there where some more stories and interesting facts included here in this reissue considering the first issue i have is from way back in 1983, great read for any die hard who fanatic, you wont be able to put this down........................
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on January 25, 2005
This is an exhaustive account of the Who's early to middle career, through the "Who's Last" tour. (It was published in 83 and hasn't been revised, so the Tommy revival tour and the Quadrophenia revival tour and Entwistle's death are not discussed.)

There are a couple of criticisms, chief among them that it seems Marsh didn't get much in the way of original interviews and relies heavily on other sources, giving it a bit of a "clip job" feel. He's also not shy about his opinions, some of which are right on target (Kit Lambert's shortcomings as a producer) and some which are way off base (his slighting of Quadrophenia). The later the story progresss throughout the band's career, the less time he spends on the narrative. In a 525 page book, you're barely out of "Tommy" by page 375.

Still, the 525 pages flies by, as the book is so well organized and the material freshly presented. Kudos especially to Marsh for his portrayal of the evolution and continuing contradictions of Townshend's thoughts.
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on August 1, 2011
Though it's fairly long,it's still not overly detailed on the lives of the four members.I would still recommend it as a good overview on the band.
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on July 18, 2013
You know if Dave Marsh is involved the book is going to be well written and interesting regarding of "Who" the subject might be.
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on January 15, 2012
if you want to know the context from where TheWho came from, this book is great in details. I loved it.
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on January 5, 2015
Just started reading it...looking forward to finishing it.
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