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Pretend You're in a War: The Who and the Sixties (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. September 2014

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'puts other Who books in the shade' -- Richard Evans TheWho.com 'Blake gives new reasons to appreciate the angst and theory behind The Who's music' Seven, Sunday Telegraph 'the quality of research and analysis here is unsurprisingly of the highest standard... a superb biography' -- Dave Jennings Louder Than War 'A rollicking and insightful tale' Mojo 'Pretend You're In A War wastes no time in parachuting you directly into the combat zone' Record Collector "A compelling read...and a story told with unflinching care and infectious enthusiasm." Classic Rock ***** 'A definitive tome for both Who fans and newcomers alike' Q Magazine

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

MARK BLAKE is a former assistant editor of Q magazine and a long-time contributor to Mojo. He is the author of the definitive Pink Floyd biography, Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, as well as Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen, and edited Stone Me: The Wit & Wisdom of Keith Richards (all published by Aurum). He is also the editor of Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages and Punk: The Whole Story. He lives in London with his wife and son.


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I've been more or less enjoying reading through this book. The author's opinion regarding his main subjects is not entirely objective. Perhaps you feel it should not be. Roger is portrayed as a spinner of tales. Pete is portrayed as an even bigger spinner of tales. John comes off almost without personality. Keith is portrayed as a liar and a thief. Some of the incidents seem to be stripped of interpretation in light of the personality of these men. The conflict portrayed here is so powerful as to contradict, at least to some extent, what we see of their interaction later on. Either they REALLY mended their fences, or there is some exaggeration here. I do know that if you watch people talk about the various band members in interviews, you learn which of the author's sources dislike particular band members. In the case where the band members of The Who tell me one thing in several interviews, and the author of this book represents something completely different (with regards to incidents concerning Keith Moon), I will depend on the interpretation of the people who knew him best.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "SHOULD WE SURRENDER TO THE TEENAGERS?" 27. Januar 2015
Von Stuart Jefferson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Pretend you're in a war." Pete Townshend on how he prepares for a Who concert.

With all the books about The Who and late '60s rock music/bands/musicians, this book, by Mark Blake, is actually one of the better reads if you want to know what things were like for and around The Who in their formative/early years. Beginning with a Who gig at the Marquee in Soho with Daltrey taking a shotgun away from a gunman bent on revenge, the band then went on to totally destroy their instruments with little regard for the patrons or themselves. And so begins this look at not only The Who, but the Mod period and the sixties era in general. From their first gigs as The Detours to The High Numbers, to possible new names like The Hair, The No One, The Hair and The Who (which the band decided sounded "too much like a pub."), to their final name (which everyone in the band laughed at), the first days of the band are recounted with snippets of recent interviews from people who were there.

"Every time I smashed a guitar I saw my grandmother's face." Pete Townshend.

"The Who won't last that long." Pete Townshend.

From the band's early days as "leaders" of the Mod movement, into the psychedelic years of the '60s, this is a good, interesting look at that whole period. And while other books have covered this period in England, Blake has done extensive research into all things connected with The Who during this period which give his book a distinct leg up on his subjects. Not only the band but their managers are looked at in detail to help tell the story of working class-art school members of the band and their uneasy relationship with both Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. That the band and their management didn't see eye to eye is well known to fans, but the author has delved deeper into both manager's lives to form a good picture of why neither men got along with the band. That portion of the book is well worth reading because it helps form a much better picture of the relationship between the band and their managers.

"All great art is crap." Kit Lambert.

"I was a horrible little sod." Roger Daltrey.

"We wanted The Who to be like Miles Davis meets Johnny Kidd and the Pirates." An early Who manifesto by Richard Barnes and Pete Townshend.

The early days before the band came together helps set the scene and shines some light on why the band members never seemed to truly come together as a band--they were always prone to fighting amongst themselves. Plus the music just before rock 'n' roll--"trad jazz" and skiffle--is looked at in some depth, with that music helping to lay the foundation for the band's eventual formation. Daltrey (for example) tried (unsuccessfully) to play guitar in an early skiffle band ("Basically he couldn't play."), while 12 year old Pete Townshend began to play the guitar (" a cheap guitar of the kind you'd see hanging on the wall of a Spanish restaurant"), and met John Entwistle. But as Townshend said, "The Who are four people who shouldn't be in a band together". And so it goes.

"The Who didn't really do peace and love." Roger Daltrey.

"I felt as if a bomb had gone off in my head...I had to find something to fill the empty space." Pete Townshend.

The book goes on to describe the songs, the singles, the albums, the concerts, the drugs, the spiritual quests, and the many people in the band's orbit during the "swinging sixties". For anyone who wants a good inside look at The Who and that entire era, the author has done his homework in laying out in an easy to read and digest manner most everything of interest connected to the band during these early and exciting (and arguably best) years of the band's career. There's 16 pages of b&w photos from different periods that help tell the story--many of them rarely seen before. All in all this is well worth adding to your music shelf if you're either/and a fan of The Who in the '60s/the sixties music scene in Britain.

"I could point that guitar at my dad and say, 'Bang! You're dead!'". Pete Towhshend on discovering the guitar.
5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is about the emergence of a new blossoming industrial complex: music industry 9. September 2016
Von Simone - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book is much more than 'only' a report about THE WHO in the sixties. For me personally it was especially interesting to read about the impact of World War II on British peoples daily lives when in Western Germany, where I grow up, economy was already again blooming. The author describes the background of the band members and their managers in detail. The thesis of the book is that THE WHO was the first band that was REALLY sold and promoted as a certain PRODUCT in a new blossoming industrial complex: music INDUSTRY. Yes, disillusioning. Now, think about 'pop-culture feminism' and stuff like that again from that perspective! According to Blake THE WHO was a absolute dysfunctional band, the young band members sound a little bit dull, depending to a great part on the good ideas of their managers. It is fascinating to read about the cultural changes happening in the sixties. There was just one issue I totally disagree: who will ever believe that Jimi Hendrix copied Peter Townshend. No hard feelings....................but now really!
4.0 von 5 Sternen Scholarly Treatment of Popular Music 28. September 2015
Von BismarckBoy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a well researched book with original source interviews and, therefore, new material; it's good to see that serious writers are doing this before all of the original sources expire. Mark Blake makes it a point to sort through a lot of the exaggerations to get to the truth. I also like the fact that he focuses on the early days of the Who, which have always been more interesting to me than the subsequent rise and fall story.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Just excellent. Smart to stop at 1970 2. August 2015
Von cutting edge - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Just excellent. Smart to stop at 1970. (Write three more why dontcha.) Is it a notch under Tony Fletcher's "Dear Boy"? Maybe, but that was a more specific canvas. Blake brings the 60s to life without sneering at it or adoring it, and does the same with the four yobbos too. This is a serious book.

(btw I didn't know that "Sally Simpson" was based on a Doors concert. And I know everything. So that's something too.)
5.0 von 5 Sternen A rip roaring ride of rock and roll insanity. . . 18. Juni 2015
Von DrDreamwalker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A really wonderful recounting of the madness surrounding the greatest live rock and roll band in the world. The Who have always been my favorite group and as a fanatic I got every scrap of news I could about the band. Some of the stories I had snippets of but not the full story and others I had never heard before, but it is a rip roaring ride of rock and roll insanity that is a lot of fun to read.
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