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When Stars Were In Reach: The Who At Union Catholic High School - November 29, 1967 (Collector's Edition) Paperback – February 10, 2013
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About the Author
The author, a fifty-nine year old pension consultant in his day job, is intimately familiar with the book's milieu. Michael Rosenbloom’s extended adolescence included a seven year period (1968-1975) during which he traveled the length of the eastern seaboard of North America from Montreal, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama attending thirty-five Who concerts, meeting Pete Townshend on two occasions, John Entwistle once and collecting Who vinyl, posters and memorabilia. After four decades or so, the author has finally decided to tie a ribbon on that period of his life by recreating a scene not unlike those of his misspent youth.
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This surprisingly true story weaves through and around the exploits of some very hi-IQ students, in a very straight-laced high school, planning a very uncommon fundraiser - a local rock concert. Then one of the students proposed a very bold revision: bring what would be one of the iconic bands of rock music, The Who, to play an ear-splitting, guitar-smashing, ground-breaking show right in their high school gymnasium. And have his own rock band be the opening act. A memory for a lifetime.
Following this dream-come-true, Michael Rosenbloom does an impressive job of detailing numerous contributing factors in the current music "scene", and the rise to fame of The Who, that made all of this possible, if always highly improbable.
A long-time fan of The Who, Rosenbloom reveals much of the backstage activity, technical mishaps, and sometimes gritty aspects of "rockers-on-the-road", as well as his personal conversations with Who-founder Pete Townshend. Included are numerous little-known performance and backstage photos of The Who and the event.
Not content to leave it there, the author also moves beyond the overwhelming success of the event and shows the reader where it all led: Where did they all go? Did it change their lives? Did it change the school? Could/did they do it again? Who are these guys???
Definitely worth putting on your reading list; a very enjoyable read.
Rosenbloom, who neither attended the school nor the 1967 concert, did extensive research to unravel the tale, painstakingly locating and interviewing those students, faculty, and the promoter who were there 46 years ago. Rosenbloom carefully weighed the 40+ year old and sometimes conflicting memories and weaved them into an interesting and insightful story. It is a fun little-train-that-could tale born out of a mixture of youthful why-not naïveté and emerging adult perseverance. This book is an entertaining read. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. It has great photos of the actual concert with basketball net and all.
I have been a devotee of The Who for just about all of my conscious life, you know, from the age of 12 or thereabout. I confess I have known the author for a very long time; that is not the point.What makes this short book so valuable is that it tells the tale of how a few schoolkids understood that their enthusiasm mattered enough to create!
Anyone expecting another hackwork with a load of photo's they have seen before or some rehashed history can be reassured. This is a unique tale from a time before the corporate colonization of popular culture, when there was an 'underground', when being a fan counted for something more than being an email address on a marketeers sucker list.
Interspersed are personal accounts of how this all ended with the (post Woodstock,) ' Stadium Rock ' sham that robbed the music-not only The Who's- of much of it's validity. As is pointed out, maybe obliquely, here is a story of the excitement of discovery.
For the price of a keyfob or some other piece of junk from THEWHOSTORE, or whatever it calls itself why not learn something?