- Gebundene Ausgabe: 390 Seiten
- Verlag: Aurum Press Ltd (18. September 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1781311870
- ISBN-13: 978-1781311875
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,8 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 604.448 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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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.
(btw I didn't know that "Sally Simpson" was based on a Doors concert. And I know everything. So that's something too.)
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