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Pretend You're In A War: The Who and the Sixties Hardcover – 18 Sep 2014
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'puts other Who books in the shade'(Richard Evans TheWho.com)
'Blake gives new reasons to appreciate the angst and theory behind The Who’s music'(Seven, Sunday Telegraph)
‘the quality of research and analysis here is unsurprisingly of the highest standard… a superb biography’(Dave Jennings Louder Than War)
'A rollicking and insightful tale'(Mojo)
'Pretend You’re In A War wastes no time in parachuting you directly into the combat zone'(Record Collector)
"A compelling read...and a story told with unflinching care and infectious enthusiasm."(Classic Rock)
***** 'A definitive tome for both Who fans and newcomers alike’(Q Magazine)
About the Author
MARK BLAKE is a former assistant editor of Q magazine and a long-time contributor to Mojo. He is the author of the definitive Pink Floyd biography, Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, as well as Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen, and edited Stone Me: The Wit & Wisdom of Keith Richards (all published by Aurum). He is also the editor of Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages and Punk: The Whole Story. He lives in London with his wife and son.
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I think it captures a lot of the atmosphere of those days for a budding rock performer. All chaos and no cash.
Playing in bomb sites, plugging guitars into radiograms, saving up pocket money for weeks to buy the latest single, making instruments out of junk, dubious clubs and sexual encounters and when you could see big stars perform in small venues without having to take out a mortgage to buy a ticket . This brought back many lost memories and names.
Well written & illustrated, this found it's way into not only my own but also the Christmas stockings of two of my close friends too.
Couldn't recommend it more for fans or music history readers alike.
If you are a fan, buy it. If you are not, buy it and become one.
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