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Who: Maximum R&B: A Visual History
     

Who: Maximum R&B: A Visual History

by Richard Barnes
 
A close friend of Pete Townsend for more than 35 years, Richard Barnes has an insider's perspective on The Who, the group many consider the best band in rock's history. In this unique chronicle, Barnes traces the history of the band that has always set its goal as "Maximum R&B." 450 photos, 280 in color.

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A close friend of Pete Townsend for more than 35 years, Richard Barnes has an insider's perspective on The Who, the group many consider the best band in rock's history. In this unique chronicle, Barnes traces the history of the band that has always set its goal as "Maximum R&B." 450 photos, 280 in color.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
A complete history and a treasure trove for the Who fanatic and the casual fan alike.
Daily Mail
The Who is an extensive biography with more than 400 pictures, many never seen before. A must for the rock-devotee's shelf.
NME
...this pic-packed portrait of England's definitive rock 'n' roll group misses little out...There won't be a better Who book.
MOJO
Nice to have this one back...fitting for the brilliant, flawed, forgiveable Who.
Glasgow Herald
...everything from school reports to High Numbers pictures, to coverage of tours and solo careers...perfect for the enthusiast.
New York Times Book Review
...a thorough biography of the Who's twenty years' popularity...Barnes gives a first hand acount of 20 years of broken guitars, smashed hotel rooms, defiance - and classic rock.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859651868
Publisher:
Plexus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
11.07(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.51(d)

What People are Saying About This

Pete Townshend

Barney's book has to be the one! Full of intimate details no one else has ever heard before, except of course those he has bored rigid in the pub for the last fifteen years. Some of the pictures I've never seen before, many things I've forgotten totally. It was fascinating to find out I tore up a five pound note in 1965; I know where we might be able to find the pieces.

This is the kind of book I personally like about bands, not too academic, full of snaps and gossip, and to be absolutely honest, and this hurts me more than it hurts you, a really close personal view of someone who has certainly seen more of the ups and downs in my life than anyone else in the world. Barney has travelled with the band more than any other writer I know and was really there at the beginning.

I like the book a lot. It's got everything, the glue sniffing, the child abuse, the song I stole from starving black blues players in the Delta, the uncontrollable violence and tyrannical reign of Daltrey terror, the blood spitting hari-kiri technique developed over years of careful mediation by the 'do anything for a laugh' Moon; the silent, almost sinister, sidelong sneers of John Entwistle when his Claret was served too cool and the eternal suffering of the road crew managers and record companies abound the group. The Who were a disgusting group now exposed for what they really were. What a pity we grew out of it.

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