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The Who Before the Who
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2014
To start with a positive, this is an interesting and enjoyable book. Given the price, it's a little disappointing that it weighs in at only 143 pages, with Doug's narrative ending on page 78. The rest of the book contains a chapter from Irish Jack on The Roots of Quadrophenia, a list of Doug's performances with The Detours/ Who, and a collection of photographs, some of which will already be in most Who fans' collections.

From a human interest point of view, it would have been nice to learn more about how Doug's life went after he left the group, but that might have rendered the title inaccurate, so I shouldn't complain!

The book starts with a foreword by Pete Townshend. Interestingly enough, his account of Doug's departure differs from that provided by Doug, but after 50 years memories are bound to be blurred.

By some strange coincidence I finished reading this book (and am writing this review) on the 50th anniversary of Doug's last performance with The Who.

I am pleased to say that the problems with paper quality reported by the previous reviewer seem to have been corrected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2014
I'd received and returned two copies of this book. Each had ragged edges where the pages had not been trimmed properly and several pages were stuck together. Flicking through the parts of the book that could be read, the text is quite short and definitely for Who completists only as it fleshes out the history of their earliest days, before Keith Moon joined and lit the blue touchpaper. Hopefully, there will soon be some copies available with this manufacturing glitch corrected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2014
As a pensioner /Who fan I had to wait untill I could afford this book, so am a bit behind the release date with this review. I was a bit disappointed with the size of the book, only about 9" square and 1/2" thick .Combine that with very large print and it only took me about an hour and a half to read. Having brought all the other Who books over the decades there was virtually nothing new for the Who fan here. Glad I brought it and ticked the box, but it was quite frankly not worth the money. Pete Bedford
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