This book first appeared in 1995 and as it says: "The Early Years" on the title, it follows the band's history right up through to Roger Daltrey's American tour of 1994 that was billed as: "Daltrey Sings The Music of Townshend" so it's not just about the early years of the band. Rock journalist Chris Welch knows the subject very well and this documents The Who's history in a brief but fine fashion. The only words you will find here from Pete, Roger, John, Keith & Kenney are from the personal interviews they conducted with Chris so text of this book is roughly 80% basic Who facts/history and 20% insight from the men that lived this life in music.
There are plenty of photographs included but only a small handful of them are exclusive to this volume as most have already been seen in the rock mags, tour booklets or are lifted directly from the albums of The Who. So "Teenage Wasteland" tends to fall just a bit short in the visual department of what it could have been. The flow of this book is brisk and it doesn't linger in any given area of The Who's history for very long and that is a good thing if you are a new reader to the story of the band as Chris Welch has gotten the facts in order here.
If you know the story of The Who and already have a few of the dozens of books already published about them, you are not going to find any amazing discoveries here in: "Teenage Wasteland." More personal stories from the band and the crazy tales of their antics would have made this a much more enjoyable reading experience but, those tales are not brought forth here as you would like them to be. The bottom line is this: If you have nothing in book form about this group in your home library you could be quite happy to dip your toes into the waters Who by using this volume as a proper starter book about all things Who.
Teenage Wasteland: The Early Years (英語) ペーパーバック – 1995/10/1
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