"The Who's lead singer and frontman does a remarkable job narrating his candid, honest, self-deprecating, and carefully researched memoir." — AudioFile Magazine
In this audiobook, the frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who.
“It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” says Roger Daltrey, the powerhouse vocalist of The Who.
The result of this introspection is a remarkable memoir, instantly captivating, funny and frank, chock-full of well-earned wisdom and one-of-kind anecdotes from a raucous life that spans a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America.
Born during the air bombing of London in 1944, Daltrey fought his way (literally) through school and poverty and began to assemble the band that would become The Who while working at a sheet metal factory in 1961. In Daltrey’s voice, the familiar stories—how they got into smashing up their kit, the infighting, Keith Moon’s antics—take on a new, intimate life. Also here is the creative journey through the unforgettable hits including My Generation, Substitute, Pinball Wizard, and the great albums, Who’s Next, Tommy, and Quadrophenia.
Amidst all the music and mayhem, the drugs, the premature deaths, the ruined hotel rooms, Roger is our perfect narrator, remaining sober (relatively) and observant and determined to make The Who bigger and bigger. Not only his personal story, this is the definitive biography of The Who.
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Initially, I thought I would be disappointed in this book, but I was wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Roger telling the story of The Who (his band) from his point of view. He provides an honest account of his successes and failures as well as the frustration of being in a band with four different personalities. While the members recognized each others talents and contributions, they weren't the best of buddies once they were away from touring and recording. Daltry makes the point that while each member loved one another, each member had their own life away from 'The Who.' The band's early days was covered extremely well, but I felt like the 70's and 80's were covered too quickly, I wished for more. But I wasn't disappointed in what I learned. Roger is an excellent story teller and what a story he's lived through. On more than one occasion while listening to the book in my car I found myself laughing out loud and I am sure other drivers thought I was nuts. I could have listened to four more hours of Roger's sharing his reminisces of being in one of the greatest rock bands of all time. LONG LIVE ROCK!