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Foreword by Dave Davies.

Fifty years after Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon made their first ruckus together onstage, the world is still fascinated with its greatest rock-and-roll band.Whether their music is popping up in TV commercials and the various incarnations of CSI or the remaining members are performing at the Super Bowl, the Olympics, or multitudinous charity events, the Who have never fadedaway. Yet while such artists as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin have been pored over, flipped on their backs, and examined from every imaginable angle, the Who remain somewhat mysterious. Questions persist. Who were theirmost important influences, and which other bands were their most loyal followers? Did they really create the very first rock opera? What were their most important collaborations, gigs, solo projects, and phases? Where do theystand on politics, religion, and philanthropy? The answers to these questions don't amount to mere trivia but create a clearer portrait of the enigma that is the Who.

Whether they were Mods or punk pioneers, rock Wagners,or a gang of guitar-smashing thugs, the Who are a band beyond categorization or comparison, a band that constantly poses new questions – and The Who FAQ digs deep to find the answers.

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HASH(0x92457a38) étoiles sur 5 A Fun. Interesting Look Back on One of the Greatest Rock Bands of All Time!! 7 avril 2014
Par julie whiteley - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The Who FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Fifty Years of Maximum R&B by Mike Segretto is a 2014 Backbeat publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

There have been books written about The Who as a band, books written about the individual members, and books that are standard biographies, some autobiographies, and after fifty years one might wonder what on earth is there left to know. So, if you are a who fan to the extreme, then you may already know all about the material in this book. I am betting though that even the most die hard fans will learn a few things or will gain a broader perspective. First of all it is important to know two things: 1) This is NOT a biography of the band or it's members and 2) This is NOT a trivia book.
This book is a compilation of facts about the band that covers everything under the sun. Current band members, past band members, clothing styles, album covers, singles, flops, rock opera, influences, bands the group influenced, hair styles, competitions, songs that were not hits, but were really good songs that maybe you want to check out, remixes, EP's ( extended play records),collections, TV appearances, documentaries, movies, politics, fighting with in the band, and websites. This book is one you will want to keep on your device or stored in the cloud for future references. Somewhat encyclopedic and somewhat like a reference book this is a unique take on the band and is chock full of information.
The Who is one on the most enduring and influential bands in rock music. They weathered many trends and failures and losses but still have managed to stand the test of time. This book is essential for fans of the group and for those who are not as familiar with group this is a great way to learn more without having to read through dry biography style history books.
I really enjoyed looking back over the band's career and looking at these obscure album covers and pictures. A fascinating and interesting look back on one of the greatest rock bands of all time!! This one is an A+-- 5 stars.
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HASH(0x92549528) étoiles sur 5 "...I Sing My Heart Out To The Infinite Sea..." - THE WHO FAQ by MIKE SEGRETTO (2014 Paperback) 7 août 2014
Par Mark Barry - Publié sur
Format: Broché
There's a point in time when yet another book about a classic Rock band is about as welcome as fart in a spacesuit. And when this 374-page oversized paperback came stuffed through my letterbox - I was a bit concerned at first. But have no fear - this is a fabulous collection and I haven't enjoyed a read this much - in years.

First of all - as a tome about The Who - it's best described as a sort of "Odds And Sods" compilation but in book form - a gathering together of bits and pieces of insider information that make up a 'bigger picture' of the band.

Take Chapter 5 - which is called Sound Round - it deals with Producers and Sound Men - fascinating insights into legendary names like Shel Talmy, Glyn Johns, Kim Lambert and even Barry Gray. Chapter 22 is called "Hit The Stage" so you get important concerts and knowledgeable info about what happened at them and why and the consequences to the band and even fans. Chapter 18 is called "All Mixed Up" which tells what's been remixed and remastered - and where - fabulous stuff about the different variants of "Magic Bus" or the 7" single edits. Chapter 12 is called "I'm The Snappiest Dresser" and goes into The Who and mod styling.

Chapter 15 is genius - plotting the Rock Opera via Ogdens Nut Gone Flake in 1967 and SF Sorrow in 1968 through to Tommy in 1969 and of course the wonderful 1973 double-album Quadrophenia. Chapter 14 is called Wish You Were Here and is a potted International Discography. Chapter 4 is Meet The New Boss discussing their managers across the decades - Helmet Gorden, Pete Meadon, Chris Stamp, Mike Shaw and others. Chapter 23 is called I Used To Follow You and goes into their influences and British contemporaries like The Kinks and The Small Faces. And I love the chapter on underrated tunes - like Townshend and Daltrey's impassioned singing on "The Song Is Over" that ends Side 1 of "Who's Next". There's stuff about who the band sessioned with (solo included) - who their heirs are - The Who as Punk Pioneers - reoccurring themes through their music - the album artwork and who did it - the singles that failed and why - foreign singles - stunning European EPs - The Who on TV and Film - Unrecorded songs and Lost Tapes (Lifehouse etc) - there's chapters about girlfriends and wives and friends of the band who kept them sane and out of prison. The only real let down (if you could call it that) is the absence of colour in the superb 7" Single. EP and Album covers that dot the text page after page - but I suspect costs would have been astronomical for such a thing.

You have to say that this is a clever take - all the weird and wonderful titbits about this most iconic of bands and their solo careers put together in one place. It would have taken years of research and author MIKE SEGRETTO also doesn't take that creepy reverential stance - he names the bad - and often gets very witty about the good and even the ridiculous (which surrounded The Who a lot).
As you can imagine all of this makes for a blindingly great read.

I love THE WHO - just looking at them urinating on that Obelisk of Concrete on the front cover of 1971's "Who's Next" gets me a bit wet in the trouser area too.

If you're a fan - you will need to own it. If you're just curious - then treat yourself. And don't be too surprised if you find yourself chuckling of an evening with your glass of warm milk and reading glasses on - breaking admiring smiles at the sheer audacious snotty British genius of it all.

THE WHO folks - accept no substitute. God bless 'em and their battered instruments...
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HASH(0x926439e4) étoiles sur 5 Fifty Years of Maximum R&B 8 juillet 2014
Par Trevor Seigler - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I have to admit, I was skeptical when I picked this up. How could anyone possibly think that any one book could contain all the awesomeness, all the pop-art destructionism, all the balls-to-the-wall rocking of the world's greatest rock band, The Who? My skepticism didn't stop me from opening up the book and starting to look around. Then I started reading it. Then I started reading it to the exception of most other kinds of activities.

"The Who FAQ" is the perfect go-to reference stop for all Who fans, even the most knowledgable ones. It's chock full of info both familiar and unknown. Perhaps the book's greatest service is to address the band not just during their 1965-1978 heyday (before the tragic demise of mad-man Keith Moon) but also post-1978, up to date and including information about John Entwistle's death in 2002 and how the band has continued on as a two-piece with just Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. There's loads of trivia here for the neophyte and the learned fan to consider, and it's just a fantastic way for a dedicated fan of the band to spend a few (or several) hours of their life.

Many frequently asked questions are answered, many great songs that weren't hits are given their due, and we get some clarification on the Townshend child-porn scandal of 2003. Most of all, we get just a little bit more of a ride on that Magic Bus that is the story of the Who, from their Mod days as the High Numbers right up until their Super Bowl performances and shows after Hurricane Sandy. It's a love letter to a band that wasn't about love, at least not the usual kind you find in pop music. The Who are deserving of every fevered moment you'll spend reading this, even if you're pretty sure you've heard that one fact before (turn the page and you'll come across something you didn't know, or consider). This is just fun for Who fans, pure and easy.
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HASH(0x926439f0) étoiles sur 5 The Who FAQ unleashes the history of the fearsome foursome. 20 juin 2014
Par Lucas Goldstein - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is the second book in the FAQ series I have reviewed, and it is no less extensive and intriguing. If you thought you knew all you needed to know about one of the most legendary rock bands in musical history, you are sorely mistaken, and Mr. Segretto will tell you why.

The Who FAQ tackles the immense challenge of chronicling a band that blazed a path through the world of rock n’ roll unlike any before or since. There are other names that deservedly rank in the halls of musical pioneers (Led Zepplin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and more), but you will see why The Who can go toe-to-toe with all of them. Raucous, rambunctious, and many times rowdy, this band of British bad boys pummeled their way to the title of “one of the greatest bands in history.”

Segretto writes this book as it would absolutely need to be done, with the passion and no-holds barred language of true fandom. At times academic in the breakdown of musical notation and ability, the book overflows with the heart of a true “wholigan.”

The litany of tidbits and factoids revealed in The Who FAQ would take pages and pages to even paraphrase, but I’ll try to let you in on some of the more fascinating ones, beginning with the most obvious thing, their name. Originally called The High Numbers, this brash and brawling quartet didn’t get their feet underneath them until a change in management and a change in name. “The Who” was actually suggested by Richard Barnes, guitarist Pete Townshend’s friend and roommate.

As The Who stomped their way through the years they become iconic for any number of things. Ranging from their fashion (Townshend’s Union Jack blazer or singer Roger Daltery’s love of tassles), to their on-stage antics (Townshend’s chord smashing windmill maneuver or drummer Keith Moon’s immediate eagerness to destroy his drum kit), The Who left an indelible impression on anyone with the good fortune to see them live. Even the history behind how their bombastic presence came about is fascinating. Townshend admitted later in life that his clothes, his limb-swinging guitar playing, and all the glam was initially meant only as a distraction from his rather prominent nose, which he felt some embarrassment about. Yet try to think back on a Who performance without those elements, and you find a much less memorable event. We should thank the genetics that provided Townshend with his most notable nose.

The book also sheds some light on things still very relevant today. Townshend has very publicly battled with hearing issues and to this day has had to step down from touring with his only living bandmate, Daltrey, because the excessive volume of being on stage could finally complete his hearing loss altogether. Yet it wasn’t until reading this book I found out the links to the beginning of his issues from a prank gone wrong pulled by none other than Keith Moon. While performing on the famous US variety show hosted by The Smothers Brothers, Moon paid a backstage tech in alcohol to stuff his bass drum full of flash powder far beyond a safe capacity. The resulting explosion left Moon with drum kit shrapnel in his arm and Townshend completely deaf for a number of minutes. It was a downward crawl for the famous guitarist after that.

Also, as many bands do, The Who went through their share of rotating members for any variety of reasons (in the recent years being the death of original members). At one point the human tornado Keith Moon was replaced on the skins by none other than Zak Starkey, son of equally legendary drummer Ringo Starr. Pete Townshend’s family also popped in, both at the drums and on guitar.

In a purely random connection of two of my favorite things, artist Ralph Steadman (famously known for the work he did with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson) also created a cover for the vinyl single of “Happy Jack.” Now I have a new piece of musical memorabilia to hunt down and treasure.

Not to be left out, the intimidating and brooding bassist, John Entwistle, also known as “The Ox,” has so much more behind that deep voice than many people know. He went through incredibly heavy periods of partying, drug abuse, drinking and an addiction to spending money which weighed on him until his very last day. The Who’s final tour while he was alive was in large part only mounted in order to earn Entwistle money in order to pay off his mountain of debt.

The Who, a foursome born and bred to scream and yell for the blue collar masses of the time, forged a unified public image, while at the same time dealing with intense internal struggles. Daltrey and Townshend battled for leadership. The singer wanted to be more than the pretty face on the album cover, while the guitarist held tightly to musical control of the band. Entwistle long felt sidelined by Daltrey, but he found his partner-in-crime in the Tazmanian devil, Keith Moon, who on numerous occasions drew the ire of the entire band by not being sober enough to play at shows.

Through all this, The Who stamped their emblem on the pages of rock, and their influence still reverberates in the halls and walls of music, radio and entertainment today.
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HASH(0x92440228) étoiles sur 5 A Who encyclopedia! 14 mai 2014
Par B - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This book is ENORMOUS and packed with everything you could ever want to know about the Who. It inclused details on every person involved in their music, including former bandmates, sound guys, and managers. It discusses their influences as well as the bands they influenced. Other topics include abandoned projects, lost material, their most important concerts, the mod movement and the Who's style of dressing, Tv, movies, solo projects, significant others, and Pete Townshend's recent personal problems.

This book would be perfect for the ultimate Who fan who needs to know everything about them! I like how the author touches on every topic possible, but keeps each entry succinct enough to not get boring. Highly recommended!
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