15 Oct 2022
THE WHO: Concert Memories from the Classic Years 1964 to 1976
‘The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years 1964 to 1976’
by Edoardo Genzolini
“Edoardo’s book looks wonderful. The photographs are very special. His take on The Who, and on me, is intriguing and extremely insightful. I wasn’t always a pleasant person to be around in the early days. It’s good to see that sometimes I managed to do some decent things for fans. I am very pleased to see this wonderful book published in English.” ~ Pete Townshend, from an email sent to editor and contributor Jeremy Goodwin on April 8, 2020
“With typical Italian flair and a delicate appreciation for the vigil of The Who’s elongated history, Edoardo Genzolini gives us a reliable account – not missing the blood, sweat, and tears that most often made up the nuts and bolts of The Who.” ~ ‘Irish’ Jack Lyons
Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about The Who and had read all there is to know about The Who, along comes yet another book about this most amazing and legendary band.
But this book is different – and it’s also exceptionally good.
Originally written and first published in Italy in 2018 under the title The Who, a Million Little Memories: Ricordi di Una Rock’n’Roll Band, it has now been extensively expanded with extra contributions from friend and editor Jeremy Goodwin.
The Who: Concert Memories . . . chronicles the ‘classic years’ of The Who from the period 1964 to 1976 with stories, recollections, anecdotes and rock’n’roll tales of yesterday that just make you wish that you had been there to witness it all – or even just a small part of it. Then again, maybe you were.
And the stories come from all quarters: from die-hard Who fans, from first-time-fans, from promoters and film-makers, road crews and groupies, from support bands, from innocent (and not-so-innocent) bystanders, from rock journalists and photographers – both professional and amateur. And talking of photographs, there are countless numbers of them taken by fans at countless shows, photos taken backstage or in airports standing next to their heroes. Photos that you’ll have never ever seen before and often from gigs and shows that even the professionals didn’t get to photograph.
Author Edoardo Genzolini’s research into the minutest details of gigs long forgotten is quite extraordinary. He has managed to track down fans from every corner of the globe who unfold their own memories and personal experiences of Who shows, of backstage encounters, of late nights in hotel rooms and all-night bars and clubs, and from those who, all-too-briefly, just ‘hung around with The Who’. Everyone has a story to tell about the loudest and best rock’n’roll band the world has ever seen – and heard.
As well as the anecdotes, gossip and tales, The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years 1964 to 1976 documents year-by-year the episodes and events of the band’s turbulent career from their early beginnings as the High Numbers and later, their studio recordings, the impact of Tommy and Quadrophenia plus the many phases and sessions of the Life House project which eventually led to Who’s Next, considered by many to be The Who’s crowning glory.
Contributions come from all quarters, including ones from ‘Irish’ Jack Lyons, from film director Tony Palmer, from Frank Dunlop, director of the Young Vic theatre, Joshua White of the Joshua Light Show at both Fillmores, Bill Graham (of course), Who associate and editor Jeremy Goodwin and some die-hard Who fans including Joe Giorgianni and Brian Cady.
This book deserves to be at the top of every Who fan’s Christmas wish list. Have a word with your nearest and dearest, but if you can’t wait until then, The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years 1964 to 1976 is available in US stores from 18 October and 18 December in the UK. You can pre-order from both Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Pre-order Amazon US Available from 18 October
Pre-order Amazon UK Available from 18 December
The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years 1964 to 1976
By Edoardo Genzolini
Jeremy Goodwin: Editor and Contributor
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 2022
304pp. 279mm x 215mm. 8½” x 11”