Named a 'BEST BOOK' OF 2018 by Kirkus & The Guardian
"Unaffected, lucid, and entertaining: One of the best rock memoirs in recent memory. " --Kirkus (starred review)
"Colorful. . . .The curly-haired, microphone-swinging, full-throated frontman of The Who brings a Cockney conversationalism to the story of his life and complicated relationship with his legendary bandmates."--USA TODAY (3.5/4-star review)
"A working-class brawler, a delinquent tea boy in a sheet metal factory, discovers within himself the psychic-emotional circuitry to conduct some of the rarest electricity in rock 'n' roll. It's like a Who song. 'Empathy, that's the root of it all, ' he writes at the end of his book . . . Daltrey's peculiar swaggering selflessness is the key to this book, and a key (one of four) to the Who . . . How many rock memoirs actually have a meaning?"--The New York Times Book Review
"Vivid, atmospheric and funny, and, because of [Daltrey's] aversion to mind-altering substances, it's probably one of the more reliable accounts of life in one of the world's biggest rock bands."--The Guardian
"He wasn't just the right front man for The Who, but the perfect front man. . . . Daltrey relays a number of familiar stories from the Who biography - but with the added insight of his perspective."--Houston Press
Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation.
That generation was the first to rebel, to step out of the shadows of the Second World War . . . to invent the concept of the teenager.
This is the story from his birth at the height of the Blitz, through tempestuous school days to his expulsion, age 15, for various crimes and misdemeanours within a strict school system. Thanks to Mr Kibblewhite, his authoritarian headmaster, it could all have ended there. The life of a factory worker beckoned.
But then came rock and roll. He made his first guitar from factory off-cuts. He formed a band. The band became The Who -- Maximum R&B -- and, by luck and by sheer bloody-mindedness, Roger Daltrey became the frontman of one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.
This is the story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms.
But it is also the story of how that post-war generation redefined the rules of youth. Out of that, the modern music industry was born -- and it wasn't an easy birth. Money, drugs and youthful exuberance were a dangerous mix. This is as much a story of survival as it is of success.
Four years in the making, this is the first time Roger Daltrey has told his story. It is not just his own hilarious and frank account of more than 50 wild years on the road. It is the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock 'n' roll.