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The Who: Tommy

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

A DOUBLE ALBUM can often prove a boring disappointment these days, with the gimmick presentation becoming more important than the quality of the music. Pete ...

The Who: 30 Years Of Maximum R&B

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, July 1994

APART FROM THE BARRON KNIGHTS AT BERTRAM MILLS Circus, the first group I ever saw live was The Who: It could have been Spooky Tooth, ...

The Who: My Generation Deluxe Edition (Polydor) ****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, October 2002

BEFORE NEW, larger sound systems ushered in rock in 1966-7, there was beat music, a tighter, more driving sound based on pushing club-scale amplification to ...

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The Who's Keith Moon (1978)

Interview by James Johnson, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1978

The daft sticksman talks about the rise of punk; the Who's investment in Shepperton Studios; the nature of the band; recording Who Are You; his thoughts on marriage, and about his Wild Man of Rock image.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.9mb, interview length: 45' 48" sound quality: ***

The Who's Pete Townshend (1994)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1994

The man with the windmill arm goes way back to the early days of the Who, the band's politics and personalities, the Madness of Moon, the awfulness of Woodstock, Kit Lambert and Mods, and rock as art and the rock opera.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.7mb, interview length: 57' 35" sound quality: *****

The Who's John Entwistle (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1994

The Ox talks about the making of classic Who songs such as 'I'm A Boy' and 'My Generation', naming Led Zeppelin, the endless rows, and tells a handful of great Keith Moon stories

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.7meg, total interview length: 1h 14' 58" sound quality: ****

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

The High Numbers: How High Will These Numbers Go?

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

HAILED AS "the first authentic mod record," four hip young men called the High Numbers are out right now with 'I'm the Face', backed with ...

The Who: The Group That Slaughters Their Amplifiers...

Interview by Richard Green, Record Mirror, April 1965

WITH A name like The Who, any group is bound to attract a certain amount of attention. But anyone who has watched The Who at ...

The Who Use Force To Get The Sound They Want!!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

HE SAT TENSED against a hard-backed chair, dressed in a Carnaby Street blue jacket and with a blond, Mod hairstyle that showed dark at the ...

"That's My Kind of Girl" say The Who

Interview by Nancy Lewis, Fabulous, August 1965

by Fab's Stateside visitor NANCY LEWIS ...

The Who: Who Are Going Around In 'Circles'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

FOLLOW this closely – this is the saga of the group that is running around in "Circles" – who else but the Who? ...

With Who And 'Birds At Paris Allez-Oop!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

READY, Steady, Allez-oops, from the Locomotive in Paris last Friday, was largely held together by the efforts of the Who and the Yardbirds, who were ...

Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor: Jazz on a Summer's Weekend

Live Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

A washout, but still swinging ...

The Who: Drummer Moon On Zither, Double-Track Tuba, On Who LP

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

IN AN Italian restaurant off London's Soho last Thursday, which boasts on the menu, "hilarious waiters and spaghetti alla vongole on Sunday" there was baby ...

Pete Townshend

Interview by Danny Fields, Datebook, November 1966

THE elaborate lunch for Herman's Hermits was just about over, and the hotel ballroom was a dismal vista of plastic décor and messy, empty tables. ...

The Who: A Quick One (Reaction)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1966

The Who fulfilled and a mini-opera, yet! ...

The Who: Who's For A Merry Xmas!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

WHO'S FOR a merry Christmas, then – if we are to judge by their seasonal bounce up into the NME Top Twenty this week with ...

The Who: The Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1966

AN INCREDIBLE new club called the Upper Cut under the auspices of famous boxer Billy Walker opened at Forest Gate, London, with the grand clamour ...

The Who, The Move, Pink Floyd: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, January 1967

Psychedelicamania at Roundhouse ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Who: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

Jimi Hendrix-Who battle at Saville ...

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1967

GLOOMY SAVILLE ...

Miles Interviews Pete Townshend

Interview by Miles, International Times, February 1967

WHO? Pete Townshend, that's Who. Lead guitarist, song-writer, destructivist for this off-number-oned-pop group. He walks, he talks, he smashes. The WHO is the most popular ...

Who, Prince Buster, Bee Gees et al: New Singles Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1967

Top class, dramatic newie from Bee Gees, and a not so commercial Tremeloes — slow soul from Sam & Dave, & delicate new P. P. ...

Monterey Pop Festival: Inside Looking Out

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

BEAT: Just wanted to get your comments on what's happening here in Monterey this weekend. ...

The Who, Herman's Hermits: Anaheim Convention, Anaheim CA

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, September 1967

Who steal the show from Hermans Hermits ...

The Who, Vanilla Fudge: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

OH MY GOODNESS yes. It was definitely an ear-splitting, mind-blowing, supersonic-sounding sensation at the Saville last Sunday. ...

The Who: Who Ready To Hit You With New Ideas

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

AFTER six weeks with "the last Schmaltz" it is good to find the Who back in the charts with a new single, 'I Can See ...

Traffic, The Who, The Herd: Danger: Who At Work!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

THE WHO-TRAFFIC-Herd-Tremeloe tour, while proving to be a sell-out attraction, has caused a certain amount of anxiety among those people whose job it is to ...

The Who: Who Needs To Take Pop Seriously? Asks Pete Townshend

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

PETE TOWNSHEND is as unpredictable as a badly made Roman candle. He fizzes and spurts, showers light and occasionally explodes. ...

The Who: Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Venusion?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

TYPICAL WHO sound blasted in stereo from a battery of speakers – screaming guitar, vocals, bass and drums. But Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith ...

The Who in San Francisco

Report and Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, The, September 1968

THE WHO PLAY rock "n’ roll music ("it’s got a back beat, you can’t lose it," says Chuck Berry). Not art-rock, acid-rock, or any type ...

The Who: Bus Ride Back To Pop 30 For Who

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

THE STATES are where the Who now have their biggest hits, most fan fever, and excitement. Pete Townsend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle ...

The Who: Tackling The Most Serious Project Of Their Lives

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

"THAT'S A nasty letter. What's all that about?" inquired a menacing, dramatically dressed Roger Daltrey, clutching a copy of the MM and noting a communication ...

The Who: Cattiest Group In The Business...

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

IN A LARGE, mellowed house just a few yards from the River Thames in Twickenham, a rather staid suburb of London, Pete Townshend, noted composer ...

Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

The Who: Pete on Tommy #1

Interview by Miles, International Times, May 1969

THIS INTERVIEW is the edited result of a two hour tape recorded Sunday May 4 at Miles's house. The story of The Who's two volume ...

The Who: Pete on Tommy #2

Interview by Miles, International Times, June 1969

M: IS THERE any musical influence on this album at all? Outside of the WHO itself I suppose the nearest thing is The Mothers, except ...

Born to Sing The Blues

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1969

COLLECTORS of rhythm and blues music are doomed to perpetual frustration, as they witness one white singer after another plundering the culture they love. Occasionally, ...

Keith Moon

Interview by Keith Altham, Rave, July 1969

CONDUCTING an interview with Keith Moon is rather like running a mental obstacle course with a megalomaniac (his manager's reference, not mine), with imminent danger ...

Woodstock

Report by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, September 1969

"Man, what done got into them ofays?" one asked. "It ain't nothing. They just trying to get back, that's all" "Get back?" said the ...

Bob Dylan et al: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, September 1969

200,000 roar approval including John, George, Ringo and wives! But Dylan didn't quite sink Isle of Wight, reports Richard Green ...

The Who: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1969

THE WHO BRINGS ROCK OPERA HERETommy Begins 6-Day Run at the Fillmore East ...

The Who: Live At Leeds

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, May 1970

THE IMPORTANCE of The Who lies not only in their excellence, but in the crucial attitude of their leader, Pete Townshend. ...

The Who: Live At Leeds (Track)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

'Young Man'; 'Substitute'; 'Summertime Blues'; 'Shakin' All Over'; 'My Generation'; 'Magic Bus'. ...

The Who, John B. Sebastian, the Blues Image, Leon Russell: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1970

WHO HEAT UP SUMMER ...

The Who: At The Metropolitan Opera House

Live Review by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, July 1970

THE WHO is a group that was nurtured in gimmickry. I remember five years ago Brian Jones calling me up on the trans-Atlantic phone to ...

From the Marquee to the Met: Watching The Who

Interview by Miles, Crawdaddy!, September 1970

SAY THE WORD. "Who". Who did you think of? Pete Townshend, great underrated rock guitarist adrift in a Sargasso sea of eulogies to Clapton and ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: 5 Days of Peace, Music and Love

Report by uncredited writer, Mick Farren, International Times, September 1970

2011 note: this report on the 1970 IoW festival is led off by Mick Farren but includes contributions by other, unnamed IT writers. The title ...

Roger Daltrey: The Sounds Talk In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

DO YOU feel your position as a singer with the Who is as influential as you'd like it to be? ...

Pete Townshend

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

WHITHER the Who? you might ask, for despite their Live At Leeds album and Pete Townshend's recently announced plans for "musically computerised character analysis" we ...

The Who: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

The Who Play First Program Of '71 Here Despite Downpour ...

The Who: Music Hall, Boston

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, August 1971

THE WHO, in America after a year's absence, are creating a bigger sensation than ever. Statistics don't lie. They completely sold out two New York ...

Keith Moon: Pitch And Bowl For A Pig!

Report by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

THERE WAS a Moon landing in Lyne, Surrey last week when the Who's very own 'lunar-tick' did his bit for his new community by putting ...

The Who: Who's Next

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, October 1971

WHO'S NEXT IS TO the Who what the White Album must've been to the Beatles. After Tommy, which was a concept-rock summit, not, as commonly ...

The Who: Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy (Decca)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Phonograph Record, December 1971

WELL, THEY'VE (and we all know who they are) finally gotten around to putting 'I Can't Explain', 'The Seeker', and 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' onto an ...

The Who: Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1971

WHO FANS have been saying it for years: "Those bastards at Decca! Why don't they put out an album of early singles?" For the Who ...

The Who Puts the Bomp

Comment by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, December 1971

WHO NIGHT. The crowd waits reverently, attention vaguely focused on the massive half-ton fortress of amplifiers looming in the shadows of the dimly lit stage. ...

The Who: Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, February 1972

THERE ISN'T MUCH to say. They're really let us down this time. I don't know if anyone else resents it, but I do. Why reissue ...

The Who: (Keith) Moon Probe

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1972

2005 note: As well as being their drummer and resident comedian, Keith Moon was the Who's PR man. Journalists unfamiliar with the group may have ...

Pete Townshend part1: The True Saga Of Clapton's Rainbow Gig

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1973

IF YOU TURN up at the famous Track office in Soho's historic Old Compton Street, you're sure of a big surprise – there's a glitzy ...

Pete Townshend part 2: If The Who Split We'd Really Have To Own Up

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1973

PETER TOWNSHEND is an amiable sort of dude. He sits in Track Records' office, with booze and dog to hand, and talks about anything that ...

Roger Daltrey: Who Does What In The Who

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, April 1973

WHAT'S HAPPENED to the Who? Pete SHOULD be writing and recording for the Who. John Entwistle SHOULD be concentrating on the Who's future, but he's ...

The Who: Bang A Gong The Who Get It On

Report by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, August 1973

THE MAN across the road didn't really understand why Keith Moon was standing in the pouring rain, beating on a Paiste gong outside the Who's ...

The Who: Triumph And A Threat

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, October 1973

IT HAPPENED TO THE BEATLES, BUT IT WON'T AFFECT THE WHO. AND ROGER DALTREY NOW PREPARES TO DO THREE YEARS HARD LABOUR ...

The Who: Four-Way Pete

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1973

TOWNSHEND'S Quadrophenia is a rather daunting proposition. Another Who double-album rock opera? About a kid called Jimmy? With a massive booklet of grainy monochrome tableaux ...

John Entwistle: Quadrophenia Another Great Who Opera?

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, November 1973

JOHN ENTWISTLE is a happy man! He enjoys a reputation as one of the world's best electric bass players, he's had a decade of success ...

Pete Townshend: Who's Jimmy?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1973

IN THE SECOND LEG OF THE TOWNSHEND-MURRAY TALKABOUT, PETE TELLS ALL...AND MORE. ...

The Who’s Mod Generation: Quadrophenia Through The Years

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1973

If I could somehow live my teenage years over again, I think I would choose to live them as a Mod. What it must have ...

The Who: Quadrophenia

Review by Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone, December 1973

Quadrophenia is the Who at their most symmetrical, their most cinematic, ultimately their most maddening. Captained by Pete Townshend, they have put together a beautifully ...

The Who: Exorcizing The Ghost of Mod

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Creem, January 1974

The Who: Quadrophenia ...

The Who Plunge Into Madness With Quadrophenia

Profile and Interview by John Swenson, Circus Raves, March 1974

GIVEN THE SITUATION that the average life span of a successful rock group is less than two years, the Who have set some kind of ...

The Who: Quadrophenia Reconsidered

Comment by Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1974

PHILADELPHIA ON Tuesday night is nobody's good time. Nonetheless, because the Who were not coming to New York on their fall tour, it was worth ...

Pete Townshend: March Of The Mod

Profile by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

IT MAY WELL have been pure chance that produced the most visually exciting guitarist in rock. If Peter Townshend hadn't been born with a big ...

Can You Believe It? Chatting with Pete Townshend

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, June 1974

I bet you'd given up all hope of seeing the second part of this little epic, eh? How many of you even remember the first ...

Pete Townshend in New York

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1974

"LAST NIGHT," says Roger Daltrey, screwing his face up to obtain maximum effect, "we was f...'orrible. Really f...'orrible. It just shows that we ARE human, ...

The Who: Odds & Sods/Them: Backtrackin'

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, November 1974

1974 HAS CERTAINLY been a good year for reissues, even if UA's Jan & Dean set didn't quite make it to the starting gate. Four ...

Tommy on the Silver Screen

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, April 1975

Pre-release skepticism was clearly in order. The handing over of Townshend’s likeable but jumbled spiritual parable to filmdom’s master of the Technicolor sick joke seemed ...

The Who: The Celluloid Passion Of Roger Daltrey

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, April 1975

LONDON – "They just don't make records like they used to," the mini-cab driver complained, battling the mid-day London traffic, edging the car towards Battersea. ...

Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #2: The Day I Shook Bob Dylan's Hand And Other Weird Tales

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1975

ALSO INCLUDES: The Dog That Ate The Dog That Ate Los Angeles ...

Roger Daltrey: What the Who's Been Doing

Interview by Barbara Charone, Rolling Stone, September 1975

LONDON – "I don't think Tommy held the band back – it's just that nobody wanted to listen to what [else] we were doing. Who's ...

Ken Russell: How Does He Feel About TOMMY

Interview by Ian Dove, Hit Parader, October 1975

BEAT THE drums. ...

The Who: The Who By Numbers

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, October 1975

THE WHO'S sovereign elixir is only available about once every two years, and is held most effective when composed of simple, basic ingredients. The 1969 ...

The Who: The Who By Numbers (Polydor) (37.50)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

THE WHO are alright kids. They are back with a vengeance. The first opening attack on 'Slip Kid' quells doubts and settles apprehensions about the ...

The Who: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1975

LIKE MOUNTAINEERS tottering on the brink of some huge ravine, the Who crashed into their first tour in over two years at the weekend and, ...

The Who's Bingley Bang

Report by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

I WAS in a pretty blasphemous mood when I left for Stafford. But the thought of seeing the Who cheered me up. It had been ...

The Who

Essay by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

THAT summer: Tolliday and I roaming Soho’s warm night streets, swapping stories, putting each other in roles, lingering outside sawdust-floored Italian food-stores, sniffing in the ...

The Who, Toots & The Maytals: Summit Hockey Arena, Houston TX

Live Review by John Swenson, Sounds, November 1975

THE WHO began the American portion of their world tour in characteristic fashion – opening up Houston's Summit Hockey arena to rock 'n' roll. ...

Keith Moon: Like A Rat Up A Pipe

Profile by Gary Pig Gold, Pig Paper, The, December 1975

IF PETE Townshend is the mind of The Who, Entwistle the soul, and Roger the heart, then drummer Keith Moon is most definitely the gut. ...

The Who Tour: Random Flashes Of Brilliance

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, December 1975

The Who: The Summit, Houston Tx. ...

The Who: The Who By Numbers

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, December 1975

THE SUNDAY TIMES' recent 'Rock Report' has been useful just for gathering together in one place all the clichés of the supercilious school of rock ...

What's Next For The Who

Report by Dave Schulps, Circus, December 1975

"The report of my death is greatly exaggerated"– Mark Twain ...

The Who on the Beach

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Rock, 1976

THE POOL AREA of The Doral Hotel on Miami Beach was virtually empty. A few children splashed in the water, a small group of double-knit ...

Who’s Still The Best Live Rock'n'Roll Band In The World, Then?

Report by Andy Childs, ZigZag, February 1976

IT'S BEEN said often enough over the last month or so, but the fact still remains: The Who are still the best live rock 'n' ...

John Entwistle: Is This The Right Man For Mayor of Acton?

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

'Momma's got a squeeze box she wears on her chestAnd when Daddy comes home he never gets no rest Because she's playing all nightAnd the ...

Who, Gibbons Face the Hog Butcher Vibe

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, March 1976

The Who/Steve Gibbons Band: Pavillion de Paris ...

The Who: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by John Swenson, Sounds, March 1976

IT'S AN old joke, but it's still happening so it must mean something. There we were eating the meat loaf special at the local watering ...

The Who: Who-ray!

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

"Will the people on the lighting tower please get-off because it's very dangerous and we are afraid that tower might go" – Nicky Horne, Capital ...

The Who: The Real Thing – Accept No Substitute

Report by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

"CHARLTON ain't gonna be any better than this," Mick Jagger had flatly declared to a dubious John Entwistle during the first night the Rolling Stones ...

The Who: The Story of the Who

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

IT'S NO accident that the most successful Punk Rock bands include at least one Who song in their act. Eddie And The Hot Rods do ...

The Who: The Story Of The Who (Polydor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

Roger Daltrey (vocals), John Entwistle (bass, brass, vocals), Keith Moon (drums, percussion), Pete Townshend (guitars, keyboards, vocals). Various tracks produced by Kit Lambert Chris Stamp, Peter Kamerson, Glyn Johns and The Who, from 1966-75. ...

The Who

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

THE TEEN DREAM LIES AT THE CORE OF rock & roll and no group has explored, projected and interpreted the turbulent substances of teenage craniums ...

The Who: Quadrophenia

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1978

The Department of Cryptic Headlines presents a retrospective view of THE WHO's Quadrophenia, noting that Mr Pete Townshend's Mod vision is as valid now as ...

Pete Townshend

Interview by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, April 1978

KAREN TOWNSHEND answers the door wearing a puzzled look. "Hello. I'm here to see Pete. We've got an interview scheduled for ten o'clock." The puzzled ...

In Which Pete Townshend Gets Personal

Interview by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, May 1978

"SHADDUP," YELLS Pete Townshend. Then he slaps his leg and Towser the dog comes running over. "Do you want to go out?" Pete asks, getting ...

Who: Who Are You

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1978

Say Goodbye To Angry Songs For Kids Say Hello To Angry Songs For Grown-Ups ...

The Who: Sweat, Bollocks & Guts

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

IN ORDER that you wouldn’t get lost in the huge Universal Studios complex, accidentally find yourself on a glam-tram and off on a tourist-view of ...

The Who: Who Are You

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, October 1978

Ever since Pete Townshend immortalized teenage rebellion with the phrase "Hope I die before I get old," he has been haunted by the obvious ramifications ...

Pete Townshend: Picking Up The Pieces

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1978

"ROGER AND I have really got to get together and thrash out... not a compromise, but what is really gonna work.  And if we can't ...

Who: Who's Who?

Interview by Barbara Charone, Creem, November 1978

Deep in the back of my mind is an unrealized soundEvery feeling I get from the streets says it soon could be found When I ...

The Who Sell In

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1979

ARE THE WHO haunted by ghosts? Is the spectral figure of Tommy now joined by the cackling spirit of Keith Moon? ...

The Who

Profile by Kris DiLorenzo, Grooves, February 1979

SOME PEOPLE call the Rolling Stones the world's greatest rock & roll band, but there are probably just as many fans who think that title ...

The Who Movie

Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, April 1979

Kids Are Allright Director Jeff Stein Tells TP All About It ...

The Who: The Mod Revival, Yes…

Live Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, May 1979

The Who: Rainbow, London ...

The Who: Vive Le 'Oo

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

After last week's Rainbow triumph the Who continued their return in France at the weekend with an open-air concert and the premieres of their two ...

Townshend: Still No Touring

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

What next for the Who?Roger loved it, but Pete's not so sure...After their French concert last week, CHRIS WELCH eavesdropped on the Who's doubts and ...

The Who: The Kids Are Alright (Polydor)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1979

"The whole thing about rock and roll dynamism, in many ways, is the fact that if it does slow down, if it does start to ...

What's What With The Who Movie

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, July 1979

THE KIDS Are Alright movie – opening Thursday at the Cinerama Dome – begins with the Who performing their ode to teen inarticulateness, 'My Generation', ...

The Who / The Stranglers/ AC/DC /Nils Lofgren: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1979

NOT ONE OF the great Wembley encounters, we decided, as the car crept another couple of feet in the late Saturday evening jam. ...

Who, Stranglers: Laser Laser On The Wall Who Are Complacent After All

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, August 1979

THE MIDDLE OF the evening and it's getting quite dim. The Who are playing a new song; at least, I take it to be a ...

The Ace Face’s Forgotten Story: Pete Meaden

Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, November 1979

I’m the face babyIs that clear?I’m the faceIf you want it.All the others are third-class tickets by me babyIs that clear?– Pete Meaden for the ...

A Face in The Who: Kenny Jones

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1979

ZERO HOUR approaches. Soon the Who will be back on stage, and the whole world will be watching. Kenny Jones doesn't mind admitting that he's ...

Pete Townshend: Conversations With Pete

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1980

On an up with britain's longest serving honest man of rock ...

The Who: Face Dances (Warner Bros.)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, June 1981

ONCE UPON A TIME, the Who was a guiding force in the life of many people (myself included). The wisdom of Chairman Pete Townshend, as ...

The Who: Hooligans

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1982

From a fan's point of view, there is nothing worse than a compilation album put together by either a group, whose nearness to the material ...

Pete Townshend Stops Hurting People; Stops Hurting Himself

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, November 1982

"PERSONALLY I LIKE the idea of embodying evil in the devil – it doesn't really matter whether you externalize the evil or recognize it as ...

The Who, Yardbirds books

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1984

Before I Get Old: The Story Of The Who by Dave Marsh Yardbirds by John Platt, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty ...

Who The Hell Does Pete Townshend Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, July 1989

Doesn't time fly? Seems like only yesterday he was a powerful advertisement for reckless hedonism and passionate irresponsibility. Today he's a bookish publishing consultant, earnest ...

The Who: Rock On, Tommy!

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, November 1989

That deaf, dumb and blind kid is back, along with all the unsavoury characters – Cousin Kevin, Uncle Ernie, the Acid Queen – who made ...

Woodstock

Review and Interview by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, July 1994

WOOSTOCK BEGAN ON A GOLF course. Three years before they were to be responsible for Governor John Rockefeller declaring the Woodstock Festival area "a state ...

John Entwistle

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1994

MY GENERATIONA LOT OF THE SOLOS I PLAYED WERE MUCH FASTER AND MORE interesting than the ones that finally went on the record. ...

The Who: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), November 1995

ROCK MUSIC – we’d never have believed it if they’d told us back then – has grown up. What was once dicks and fists has ...

The Who: Betrayed by Rock'n'Roll

Comment by Dave Marsh, MOJO, July 1996

Fan and friend Dave Marsh celebrates Pete Townshend's most puzzling work, Quadrophenia, written in an era full of possibilities which,"ended badly". Could it be that ...

"Radically Festive": The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1996

On December 10, 1968, some of the most exciting talent in rock history gathered for an event all the more legendary for having been quietly ...

Pete Townshend

Interview by Ira Robbins, Cleveland Live, November 1996

SHORTLY BEFORE THE reunited Who began its month-plus Quadrophenia tour of North America in Portland, Oregon on October 13th, guitarist, singer and composer Pete Townshend ...

Alice Cooper on Keith Moon

Interview by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.net, November 1996

ONE REASON I've been looking forward to getting this site up is to make available some of the interviews I conducted for the Keith Moon ...

Pete Townshend

Interview by Ira Robbins, San Francisco Chronicle, 1997

"Roger [Daltrey] speaks a lot about the magic that happens when the three of us get together to play," says Pete Townshend, who spent two ...

The Who: The Who Sell Out

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

Tommy and Quodrophenia were louder and longer, but the psychedelic pop irony of this 1967 album remains Pete Townshend's masterpiece ...

A Bargain... The Best You Ever Had: Thoughts On Compiling The Who's 30 Years of Maximum R&B

Essay by Chris Charlesworth, Crawdaddy!, 1998

THREE YEARS AGO I met Paul Williams for the first time at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This resulted in Omnibus Press, of which I am ...

Moon Over America

Book Excerpt by Tony Fletcher, Omnibus Books, 1998

An extract from Dear Boy: The Life Of Keith Moon, by Tony Fletcher, first published by Omnibus Press in 1998. (616pp, currently available in the ...

How To Buy The Who

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, January 1998

Every month we navigate the high-water marks, rapids and stagnant ponds of a prolific artist’s output, so you don’t have to. We continue with... ...

Monterey International Pop Festival

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

Four-CD box set of the 1967 Summer Of Love festival ...

Pete Townshend: on The Who and Lifehouse

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1999

The Who on the road in America again, just 18 years after their farewell tour? "It’s a long story and not a particularly nice one," ...

The Who: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Record Collector, December 1999

THE END of the millennium brought a welcome rush of unexpected activity from The Who, most of it inspired by the group's charitable leanings. ...

Pete Townshend: Peter Rabbits

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, December 1999

I'M LAUGHING, BUT Pete Townshend is frightening me. "Yes!!!!!" he shouts, and bangs hard on the table in his Richmond studio, for the second time ...

The Who: BBC Sessions

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2000

Re-generation… From amphetamine mod-yobs to hairy rock messiahs on Radio Auntie ...

The Who: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

WELL, YOU can't accuse them of being pompous, of inflating their legend. The Who shuffle distractedly onstage as if they're playing a mate's house party, ...

The Who: Reissues

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2001

Soundtracks from three Who-derived Seventies films — something old, something borrowed and something horrible ...

The Who: Go Figure…

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2001

THE WHO BY NUMBERS IS PETE TOWNSHEND'S MASTERPIECE. ...

The Who

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

AUGUST, 1969: Upstate New York. All along America's Eastern seaboard upright citizens of this great nation are starting to slowly stir from deep and uneventful ...

How The Who’s My Generation LP Finally Came Out On CD in the UK

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Record Collector, 2002

STRANGE THOUGH it might seem, it took an ad on eBay offering the master tapes for sale to anyone with half a million dollars to ...

The Who: The Colosseum, Watford

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2002

'Tonight's show has The Who attacking and understanding their legacy more pointedly than at any time in the past 20 years' ...

John Entwistle, 1944-2002

Obituary by Chris Charlesworth, Bass Guitar, July 2002

IT IS A CLICHÉ THAT CELEBRITIES tend to be shorter in real life than they appear on stage. John Entwistle, who often wore brightly-coloured Cuban-heeled ...

Thunderfingers' Last Stand: Remembering John Entwistle

Memoir by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages, July 2002

THE NEWS OF John Entwistle's death reached me by email from LA via Pete Townshend's PA Nicola Joss in Las Vegas on Thursday night. ...

The Who: My Generation

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, September 2002

The first legitimate CD release of The Who's epoch-making debut album, plus 18 tracks cut with their producer, Shel Talmy, in 1965 and early 1966. ...

The Who: The Who Sell Out from The Complete Guide to the Music of the Who

Book Excerpt by Chris Charlesworth, Omnibus Press, 2004

Original UK issue: Track 612 002 (mono) & Track 613 002 (stereo), released December 1967; UK CD: Polydor 835 727-24, remixed Polydor 527 759-2, 1995. ...

The Who: Lifehouse

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 2004

TRICKY CUSTOMER, Lifehouse. Pete Townshend spent the best part of a year from autumn, 1970, trying to explain it... ...

Kit Lambert: A Profile

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Q, Spring 2004

"GET HIM OUT of here." "What?" "Get him out. He’s making things worse." "But Pete, he’s... he’s Kit, their manager." ...

She Can Sing For Miles And Miles: Petra Haden

Report and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA CityBeat, June 2005

WHEN I WAS SINGLE, I had a litmus test for first dates: If a woman could tolerate my musical taste, she was worth a second ...

The Who, Track By Track, Album By Album

Discography by Steven Rosen, unpublished, 2007

Originally commissioned by Classic Rock Direct Limited for a Who DVD. (Note: All quotations in story come from Steven Rosen's personal archive). ...

From Dylan to The Who: Film-maker Murray Lerner

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

Murray Lerner on his new The Other Side Of The Mirror – Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 DVD and the just ...

Woodstock: Back To The Garden

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, September 2009

40 years on, Woodstock's epochal celebration of music, peace and unleashed hedonism is being marked with an unprecedented deluge of audio and visual releases. KRIS ...

Long Live Rock: The Who

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, February 2010

ARGUABLY THE MOST famous line The Who's Pete Townshend ever wrote was "Hope I die before I get old" on 1965's angry young anthem 'My ...

see also Roger Daltrey

see also John Entwistle

see also Keith Moon

see also Pete Townshend

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