Definitive Book Chronicles The Who’s Live Career


The Who's storied live career will be examined in the eagerly anticipated new book, The Who: Concert Memories From The Classic Years, 1964-1976, by author Edoardo Genzolini. The 300-page tome is set for publication on May 28th, 2022.

According to the press release:

How many know the stories of those fans affected by their music and live performances, or the angst and insecurities that drove bandleader Pete Townshend to new heights during this time?

Who saw Pete Townshend handing his guitar from the stage to a grateful fan, and what happened next? Or who has seen photos of bassist John Entwistle being anything but the "Quiet One"? 

Or what happened backstage at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival? This book offers what Pete Townshend himself describes as an "intriguing and extremely insightful take on the Who and myself." 

The reader will be thrown into untold stories, hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, and uncirculated recordings clarifying the misinformation, myths, and legends. It’s a labor of love from a fan for fans that gives voice to a collective consciousness that might otherwise fall silent over time.

Drummer Kenney Jones recalled to us his first tour with the Who back in 1979, when he was thrown into the mix of keeping time between not one — but two virtuosos: ["I was just learning how to sit into the groove of working with (John) Entwistle and bass, lead guitar and Pete (Townshend). It was like sittin' in the missile of two lead guitarists — and my foot was probably the bass (laughs)."] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . probably the bass (laughs))

Although Pete Townshend's gravity-defying leaps are now a thing of the past for the 76-year-old, the Who's concerts still includes plenty of Townshend's signature "windmilling": ["I still do that, yeah. Y'know, the reason that I do it is (laughs) not 'cause it has any function anymore. But whenever I do it, it's a cheap shot. I just go like that and the crowd go mad. So it's kind of lucky; if it's getting a bit quiet, I just swing my arm. If Roger needs a bit of help (laughter), I swing my arm."] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . swing my arm)

Pete Townshend On His Windmill :

Kenney Jones On Playing With The Who In 1979 :