Thanks A Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite

Thanks A Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite

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The front man of The Who draws on years of careful introspection in an anecdotal memoir of his rise from poverty to rock-and-roll stardom, sharing insights into the creative processes behind iconic hits and his relationship with Keith Moon.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First US edition
ISBN: 9781250296030
125029603X
Branch Call Number: 92 D175t 2018
Characteristics: x, 259 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm

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PimaLib_NormS Jan 24, 2019

The founding members of my favorite band, The Who, are in their 70s. Good gosh. Well, that’s depressing. But, here is something that isn’t depressing. Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who and one of the greatest voices in rock history, has finally written his autobiography: “Thanks a Lot, Mr. Ki... Read More »


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PimaLib_NormS Jan 24, 2019

The founding members of my favorite band, The Who, are in their 70s. Good gosh. Well, that’s depressing. But, here is something that isn’t depressing. Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who and one of the greatest voices in rock history, has finally written his autobiography: “Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story”. The “Mr. Kibblewhite” in the title refers to the headmaster of Roger’s school, who, after he had just expelled 15-year-old Roger for misbehavior, as a parting shot said, “You’ll never make anything of your life, Daltrey.” Guess ol’ Mr. Kibblewhite was wrong. This is a wonderful book, full of stories from Roger’s life. He writes as he sings, powerfully and honestly, but is capable of nuance when circumstances require it. Usually his creative outlet is his voice, interpreting the words and music of The Who’s lead guitarist and songwriter, Pete Townshend. In this case, he is the one creating the words, telling the story. Of course, he includes many anecdotes about The Who. Roger has a unique perspective on the chaotic and volatile history of the band. The inability of Roger, Pete, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon to get along has been well documented. Perhaps they needed the chaos and volatility to produce the compelling, groundbreaking music for which they became famous. The music was their bond. “Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite” is not a detailed biography of The Who; this is Roger Daltrey’s story. Highs and lows, warts and all. Long live rock.

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