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Roger Daltrey: Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

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Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation. 

That generation was the first to rebel, to step out of the shadows of the Second World War...to invent the concept of the teenager. 

This is his story, from his birth at the height of the Blitz through tempestuous school days to his expulsion, age 15, for a crime he did not commit (though he was guilty of many other misdemeanours he'd got away with). Thanks to Mr Kibblewhite, his draconian headmaster, it could all have ended there. The life of a factory worker beckoned. 

But then came rock and roll. He made his first guitar from factory off-cuts. He formed a band. The band became The Who - Maximum R&B - and, by luck and by sheer bloody-mindedness, Roger Daltrey became the front man of one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. 

This is the story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms. 

But it is also the story of how that postwar generation redefined the rules of youth. Out of that, the modern music industry was born - and it wasn't an easy birth. Money, drugs and youthful exuberance were a dangerous mix. This is as much a story of survival as it is of success. 

Four years in the making, this is the first time Roger Daltrey has told his story. It is not just his own hilarious and frank account of more than 50 wild years on the road. It is the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock 'n' roll. 

©2018 Roger Daltrey (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Thanks A Lot Mr Daltrey!

In all honesty, I can categorically state that this is the best rock autobiography I have ever come across. Roger Daltrey fills in many of the blanks left from the other books surrounding The Who and indeed, explains things in a self criticizing way that is just brilliant. He holds his hands up to many things and really fills in some puzzle pieces to the story of The Who or should I say...finally tells the story from the other side of the coin and what he tells you really makes sense. If you are a Who fan, or for that matter, just a fan of great biographies you need look no further than this diamond in the rough! The only downside of the book is that it leaves you wanting to know more....Indeed...I could listen to Roger tell his stories all day long. Again...10 out of 10...you will not be disappointed.

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Amazing Journey

An absolute treat from start to finish. Hearing it read by Roger adds an extra element and when he cracks up when telling certain stories you can't help but to join in. What a joy and what a life.

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Behind blue eyes.

Long time fans of the group, The Who, are used to periodic public pontificating by Pete (Townsend) but from Daltrey, not so much. In fact, hardly at all. So this is a very welcome book from the band's singer and voice of Tommy who was there from the very inception of the group fifty years ago. And because he's written it himself, his voice shines out from every page, telling his story, correcting some myths and describing his journey with the three other legends, Pete, of course, the genius behind the music, their crazy talented drummer, Keith Moon, and the bass guitarist who changed the way that instrument was played, John Entwistle. All were huge talents, all had enormous egos and it was down to Roger to hold it all together - which miraculously he did, even after the deaths of two of their number.

This is a modest book from a man who not only fronted - and still continues with Pete - one of the greatest rock bands ever, but who also works hard to raise money for the Prince's Teenage Cancer Trust. There is very little name dropping even though he has played and been acquainted with many of the top stars in the industry, but when someone is mentioned, it is usually to thank them. Instead, he concentrates on personalities, his own and the others in The Who, and his general life history, no punches dodged, from growing up in the post war deprivation to his now much more comfortable life with his family. And what comes through it all most strongly, as in Michael Caine's autobiography, B!owing the Bloody Doors Off, is the dedication to hard work with singleminded pursuit of the goal combined with the love of and reliance on family.

This is a quick and easy book to read. I had first purchased the hardback then saw it's availability on Audib!e. Roger Daltry narrates, his distinctive voice slightly gruff following a throat injury and life threatening illness not too long ago. It has always amazed me that someone who can belt out Pete's lyrics with such power - and, oh, that scream in Won't Get Fooled Again! - could still talk at all. But he can and his warmth in the telling of his story, with just a tinge of bitterness at times, shines through. Whilst almost identical to the text version, the audio does have occasional small differences, a word changed, a sentence ommitted, nothing much, but what isn't in the text book and is so precious is Roger's occasional burst of delighted laughter at a memory recovered. Pure magic.

A must for all Who fans, this is also a book to be enjoyed by everyone: with a vibrant picture of life in the post war years, the coming of music and colour in the sixties and a story of four completely different and distinctive personalities who came, and somehow stayed, together to help change the music scene. Great stuff.

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Talkin’ ‘bout his generation

Daltrey seems by far the sanest member of The Who and their entourage, surrounded as he was by eccentrics, addicts, creative geniuses - and conmen. His own ability and stabilising influence shouldn’t be underestimated - as they have been (too often) by Pete and others - but perhaps his greatest achievement was simply keeping the band together, or reuniting them, at key times. For putting up with Pete, John and Keith, he deserves a medal... Daltrey is honest and engaging, and his conversational style is a perfect fit for the text. I raced through it, and it’s an ideal read even for those who may (like me) may not be diehard fans of the band, but are nonetheless interested in its evolution and its survival over a period of more than half a century, despite the deaths of two of its members, and Pete’s well-publicised legal problems. Well worth a listen for anyone interested in the history of rock, the nature of celebrity, and how to keep a band on the road amid huge personal, and often financial, turmoil...

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Wow what a life story!

I was never a huge Who fan but listening to Roger Daltrey’s life story has given me a different perspective thank you as I now have real respect for what the band and Roger have achieved

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Brilliant

Well I'm a Who fan, and I thought this would be a good listen. It was better than that it was a GREAT listen, marched through it! couldn't put it down so to speak. Great story full of humour and truth, I'm sad I finished it so quickly. Also the man Mr Daltrey does the narration which is superb. No one else could have done it justice. Thank you Roger!

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Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed Rogers story, I listened whilst ironing, gardening and driving and never once did my interest waver. An excellent book well read Mr. Daltrey.

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an enjoyable reflection of a singer in a rock band

Didn't want the book to end. An enjoyable reflection of a singer in a rock and roll band.
I like the Who more for listening to this

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Riveting and moving!

I have met Roger several times whilst fishing his superb lakes. I always thought that "what you see is what you get" but this book reveals a genuine and caring person with a joy for life. Quite possibly misunderstood himself. I never really formed an opinion from out brief encounters but having heard him read his book I am proud to say that I have met him. Bless you Roger for all your human and superhuman efforts.

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Fantastic

I have not been a huge Who fan over the years but do like their stuff however this audio book is fantastic, the fact that it's Roger himself reading really does bring his story to life, he is very direct and often laughs throughout when he recalls things and really conveys affection for lots of people throughout his life and career (particularly Pete Townsend) whilst being honest about the things he did and the decisions he has made, good and bad.
Possibly the best audio book I bough bought so far .. thanks Roger

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