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Before I Get Old: The Story of The Who Paperback – 1 Jan 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859650839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859650830
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A massively detailed thoughtful history of The Who."

About the Author

Dave Marsh is one of rocks best-known critics. He was a founding editor of "Cream," and worked for "Rolling Stone" as associate editor from 1975-1990. Marsh is the author of numerous books, including "Elvis," "Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who," "Fortunate Son," "Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts: The Definitive Biography, 1972-2003," and "The New Book of Rock Lists," His articles have been syndicated in over 200 newspapers, and appear regularly in major journals from "Playboy" to "TV Guide," Dave Marsh lives in Norwalk, CT and New York City.


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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2001
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Absolutely great book written fully with the consent and help of the remaining Who members. Gives an amazing insight into the bands history while their memories were still fresh and Moon was just dead. Great to finally get an insight into the role plyed by their legendary managers Lambert and Stamp. Marsh is both a fan and a critic and it shows in his no nonsense style. Well worth a read.
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Before i get old is probaly the definitive history of one of the world's greatest and best loved bands there has ever been. I would recommend this book to any one who is a keen fan like me, who is interested in this period of music and who wants to uncover something new and to inspire them to a new music theme

A very well written and throughly enjoyable book complemented by some rare and interesting photos
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This is the only book that tells the real story of The Who - by getting to the essence of what was important about them instead of talking endlessly about madness and destruction of hotel rooms and the usual 'rock n roll craziness' and violence (which, admittedly, they more or less invented). It doesn't take the easy way out and opt for a happy ending either. The Who's real story is the tragedy of a band who knew a perfect one-ness with their mod audience before achieving their dream of global fame and success, which inevitably separated them from their supporters. Townshend, already aware of what was happening to the youth audience, attempted to reverse the process with his 'Lifehouse' experiment and failed, from which point The Who began a gradual decline into Rock-Dinosaur squalor, so separated from their public that the end result was the death of eleven fans at the Riverside Stadium in 1979. The irony that this should happen to a band who'd once been so obsessed with the life experience of their fan-base is almost overwhelming. Dave Marsh may seem to over-intellectualise matters but it's a story that justifies such an approach. After Jon Savage's 'England's Dreaming', Ian McDonald's 'Revolution IN The Head' & Marcus' 'Mystery Train', this is the best book written about rock n roll.
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Very thorough
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best book on the who
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