This month’s issue of Uncut celebrate the extraordinary era-defining career of The Who. To coincide with the publication, Sonic Editions have put together a collection of some of the band’s most memorable images, which you can purchase. Take a look through this gallery for some of the best shots.
In this special issue of Uncut, you can find a wealth of extraordinary interviews, unseen for years, as well as new reviews of every Who album and many rare and beautiful photographs of the band. Click here to buy a copy.
Pete Townshend himself has also contributed to this issue of Uncut, penning a candid new introduction. “I think our greatest accomplishment was to create the arena anthem,” he shares. “Three or four of the best anthemic Who songs strung together generate a blistering 25-minute musical event. This was something we stumbled onto by accident rather than by design.”
“What would I have done differently?” Pete Townshend writes in this month’s issue of Uncut. “I would never have joined a band! Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration. I would have made a much more effective solo performer and producer working the way Brian Eno has worked.”
The band’s first real success came when their demo of ‘I Can’t Explain’ brought them to producer Shel Talmy, leading to a record deal. The single was released in January 1965, but didn’t receive much attention. Click here to buy a copy of Uncut‘s The Who special.
However, when the band appeared on the television show Ready, Steady, Go, Pete Townshend smashed his guitar and Keith Moon knocked over his drumkit…boosting the song to No. Eight on the charts in the UK.
Don’t forget that you can purchase some of these gorgeous photographs from the Sonic Editions website.
“What we call ‘classic’ rock today is really music that in the early 1960s started a wave of performing and writing that was different to everything that had gone before,” Townshend writes in Uncut. Click here to purchase a copy of the magazine Uncut, dedicated entirely to The Who.
To compile this month’s issue of Uncut, they’ve pulled together pieces of archived stories and interviews from NME and Melody Maker that any fan of The Who must read. This includes a piece from November 1971, documenting a night in the hotel with Keith Moon.
In the magazine, you can also read about provocative soul-searching sessions from Pete Townshend, blow-by-blow accounts of all those concept albums and rock operas, and even an incendiary piece in which Roger Daltrey appears to break up the band. Click here to buy a copy of Uncut’s The Who special.
Curious what Pete Townshend had to say about his bandmate Keith Moon? “He used to be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, he’s turning into a little old man. It’s a shame. He used to be young and unaffected by pop, but now he is obsessed with money.” Read more in this month’s special 148-page issue of Uncut, dedicated to The Who.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey also made a special appearance at the 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards, performing with this year’s Godlike Genius, Dave Grohl. Click here to watch a video from the night.
“I think DFO’s [dedicated followers of fasion] are great – good luck to ’em. I used to be one myself. They are bank clerks who earn fair wages who have got nothing better to do than dress well.” Read more about Pete Townshend’s DFO views in this month’s issue of Uncut.
Roger Daltrey has also been busy working with students at Middlesex University to prepare for his recent performance of his band’s rock opera, ‘Tommy’, at the Royal Albert Hall (as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust). Huge LED screens streamed artwork from the university’s art, design and computing students.
Pick up a copy of this month’s special edition of Uncut for new reviews, interviews unseen for years and a whole lot more dedicated to The Who.