2018-12-02

The Guardian includes Roger Daltrey’s Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite in their list of best books of 2018.

“The title of Roger Daltrey’s Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite (Blink) refers to his school headteacher who, after an incident with an air gun, expelled him with the words “You’ll never make anything of your life, Daltrey”. His parents were devastated but he was unfazed, having long given up on academic life. A more responsible Daltrey emerges during his musical career, forever playing the straight man to his more rambunctious bandmates, and the overwhelming sense is of a man on the outside looking in. His autobiography is vivid, atmospheric and funny, and, because of his aversion to mind-altering substances, it’s probably one of the more reliable accounts of life in one of the world’s biggest rock bands.”

Read the whole article here: (It is listed in the “Showbusiness” section)

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2018/dec/01/guardian-review-best-books-of-2018


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The Guardian includes Roger Daltrey’s Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite in their list of best books of 2018.

“The title of Roger Daltrey’s Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite (Blink) refers to his school headteacher who, after an incident with an air gun, expelled him with the words “You’ll never make anything of your life, Daltrey”. His parents were devastated but he was unfazed, having long given up on academic life. A more responsible Daltrey emerges during his musical career, forever playing the straight man to his more rambunctious bandmates, and the overwhelming sense is of a man on the outside looking in. His autobiography is vivid, atmospheric and funny, and, because of his aversion to mind-altering substances, it’s probably one of the more reliable accounts of life in one of the world’s biggest rock bands.”

Read the whole article here: (It is listed in the “Showbusiness” section)

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2018/dec/01/guardian-review-best-books-of-2018

2012-11-07

Pete writes a blog on thewho.com. You can read it here

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PETE TOWNSHEND – TOUR DIARY 7TH NOVEMBER, 2012

Great to be in the USA on election day. I would have been happy for either candidate to win. There are pros and cons. The only longing I have is for the President to work more closely with the UK than he appears to have done before. As unpopular as they ended up with the deep thinkers, George W Bush and Tony Blair were friends, and that – to me – exemplified what I feel is most important about the relationship between the UK and the USA. We are above all else friends. Friendship is not ‘special’ (as in the ‘special relationship’), it is normal, and accepting…

And so the Who tour kicked off in the teeth of a hurricane, and our immediate duty to our millions of fans in the NorthEast is to promise that we will hopefully do more than just offer our prayers. While we’re here we’ll try to do something practical, as I am certain will all of our rock and pop buddies. Watch this space.

The shows so far? I’m doing great. The stage level is very quiet, and that suits me. I want to hang on to my hearing, which is still good enough to mix music like I did for the Quadrophenia Director’s Cut, and to cut my own demos at home. Roger is singing incredibly well. His vision is an interpretation of Quadrophenia rather than a straight narrative, and that seems to suit the period we are in as the two surviving members of the old Who, and our age. It FEELS great to me (I can’t see the screens behind me and I haven’t been able to see the entire set of projections because I was working right up until rehearsals) and that is the best measure for me. Roger and his creative team have clearly done a great job.

The audiences so far have been wonderful, and the shows promise to continue to improve. It’s great to see some old faces, but as always I’m glad to see a few younger people in the crowd, and I hope they haven’t been dragged along to check us out by nagging parents (or grandparents!).

Thanks to all of you who have bought my book.

Pete Townshend November 7th, 2012


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Pete writes a blog on thewho.com. You can read it here

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PETE TOWNSHEND – TOUR DIARY 7TH NOVEMBER, 2012

Great to be in the USA on election day. I would have been happy for either candidate to win. There are pros and cons. The only longing I have is for the President to work more closely with the UK than he appears to have done before. As unpopular as they ended up with the deep thinkers, George W Bush and Tony Blair were friends, and that – to me – exemplified what I feel is most important about the relationship between the UK and the USA. We are above all else friends. Friendship is not ‘special’ (as in the ‘special relationship’), it is normal, and accepting…

And so the Who tour kicked off in the teeth of a hurricane, and our immediate duty to our millions of fans in the NorthEast is to promise that we will hopefully do more than just offer our prayers. While we’re here we’ll try to do something practical, as I am certain will all of our rock and pop buddies. Watch this space.

The shows so far? I’m doing great. The stage level is very quiet, and that suits me. I want to hang on to my hearing, which is still good enough to mix music like I did for the Quadrophenia Director’s Cut, and to cut my own demos at home. Roger is singing incredibly well. His vision is an interpretation of Quadrophenia rather than a straight narrative, and that seems to suit the period we are in as the two surviving members of the old Who, and our age. It FEELS great to me (I can’t see the screens behind me and I haven’t been able to see the entire set of projections because I was working right up until rehearsals) and that is the best measure for me. Roger and his creative team have clearly done a great job.

The audiences so far have been wonderful, and the shows promise to continue to improve. It’s great to see some old faces, but as always I’m glad to see a few younger people in the crowd, and I hope they haven’t been dragged along to check us out by nagging parents (or grandparents!).

Thanks to all of you who have bought my book.

Pete Townshend November 7th, 2012

2013-10-30

Roger attends the unveiling of a statue of Winston Churchill in Washington, DC


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2018-10-25

Roger begins a a book signing tour at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey


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Roger begins a a book signing tour at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey

2020-10-23

Roger appears on The One Show
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2020-09-28

Shel Talmy posts his third article about The Who – “How The Who became superstars – Part 3”


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2020-09-28

Roger announces “TCT Unseen”, a fundraising effort for the Teenage Cancer Trust, where they will broadcast unseen videos from previous years TCT concerts.


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2020-09-21

Shel Talmy posted the second in a series of articles titled "How The Who became superstars"
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‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ was The Who’s second single, released after ‘I Can’t Explain’ had become a hit. In retrospect, while ‘Can’t Explain’ was a fine commercial number, ‘Anyway’ was closer to how the band really sounded, and it became the track that established The Who as a band whose dynamic live performances could be captured on tape.
The band was, as usual, Pete Townshend on electric guitar, John Entwistle on bass, Keith Moon on the drums and lead vocalist Roger Daltrey. This was also the first time I added piano player Nicky Hopkins to a Who session.
While ‘Can’t Explain’ had been done at Pye Studios, I had started recording The Who at IBC on Portland Place in the West End of London, just down the street from the BBC Radio building and near the famous shopping thoroughfare, Oxford Street.
IBC was my studio of choice for so many sessions and different artists, and it deserves some mention.
The studio was in an original Georgian building built in the 1800s, and had a preservation order so that its unique ceiling could not be touched.
The control room was on the second floor, overlooking where the musicians and singers recorded. It was a large room and could have held an orchestra comfortably, but because of the natural acoustics and the modifications IBC’s techs had added, it was just as good for recording bands the size of The Who.
Here’s something you’re unlikely to read elsewhere -- the Chinese Embassy was next door to IBC, and every now and then we had to stop recording because of their transmission of what we assumed to be shortwave messages back to China. These were sometimes so powerful, they interfered with our recordings.
If we’d only had James Bond and a dozen code breakers with us, these interruptions coulda been very interesting!
One significance of ‘Anyway’ was that we were experimenting with recording the feedback that Pete got out of his guitar, but also had to exclude unacceptable overall sound distortion that would make the track unusable.
Given the level of technology available in early 1965, that wasn’t easy!
Note that we accomplished it and with the knowledge that we gained, ‘Anyway’ proved to be the precursor for what we were able to build upon with the extra time Pete and I spent perfecting the sound, and that elevated the next single - ‘My Generation’ - to the status of an anthem in public perception, and The Who to that rarified atmosphere of “superstars”.
I want to insert here that that every release that I produced on The Who was a hit, as it ties in with what subsequently transpired.
‘Anyhow Anyway Anywhere’ was recorded on April 29, 1965. The session went off smoothly as we were rehearsed, although we had some false starts and did not nail the version used on the single until the eighth take.
Somehow one of the earlier complete takes somehow ended up on a French EP, without my knowledge - it was probably the Chinese Embassy that did it!
As American Decca was the label with whom we were contracted, I duly shipped the finished master to them in New York, and wired them that it was on the way. Again, as this was 1965, no hint of the Internet was yet on the horizon and the only places you’d find mobile phones in use or an “Apple watch”, a la Dick Tracy’s wrist radio, were in the comics or science fiction stories.
And long-distance phone calls were very expensive from London to New York, so Western Union telegrams were the common method of communication.
The telegram I received from Decca A&R after they had listened to ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ read as closely to the following as I can recall, after 55 intervening years:
“We have received the latest Who single and we believe you must have sent the wrong tape, as it is riddled with distortion. Please send a clean copy as we’d like to release the record quickly.”
After sharing the telegram with the band --and finally coming to the end of an uncontrolled fit of the giggles -- I wired back that what they heard was indeed what was meant to be there, and that The Who’s growing number of fans would love it!
The answer from Decca was a very reluctant “okay”, which of course changed to beaming smiles once the record was a hit!


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Record Mirror carries a review of Pete’s “Keep On Working”

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2020-09-14

Shel Talmy posts “How The Who Became Superstars – part 1” on facebook. You can read it here:


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