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Angry management, crazy people, women jumping naked out of giant cakes, fireworks going off in your hand, trips to the Pleasure Chest, run ins with Steve McQueen, afternoon teas with Ringo Starr, drunken sessions with Rick Danko of The Band, hotels demanding money up front before we checked in, travelling, constantly travelling, all the while trying to juggle schedules, money and egos, that’s what I remember from my time with the Who when I was making a film, “The Kids are Alright” with, for and about them.
The packaging of “The Who & I “project accurately and faithfully represents the flavour of our project and the time we originally created the film, “The Kids are Alright”, and that forms the central themes of this project.
I want to tell this story because there are so many of us, you and me included, who love rock music and film, who should know what really goes on, and this book tells it like it is. “The Who” are the icons of both the sight and sound of My Generation. They sounded and looked angry and it wasn’t an act. “The Who” were among those who invented Mod England, which forced the world look up and pay attention. Their energy demanded your focus, whether it was Townshend’s duck walk borrowed with love from Chuck Berry, his skinny whirling arms bashing out the chords, or Roger Daltrey swinging his microphone, more a weapon as he marched to the beat punched out by the bass played with metronomic intensity by the Ox, John Entwistle or the only drummer I ever saw who could lead a melody line, the maniacal Keith Moon.
And then when you got past the image there was the music, that brilliant, original and fantastic music. How could such sounds spring out of such chaos? The answer is that it’s the chaos that creates those sounds, that environment which enables a different view, a special sideways on look at our world that is so dynamic, true and genuine that we all have to take notice.
“The Who”, maybe more than any other group epitomise that special rock lifestyle of danger mixed with brilliance to create a bubble of such power that we all want to see and listen and share.
“The Who & I” was originally known as “Twilight of the Gods”. So I am qualified by dint of knowledge about the group. More especially I know the men who make up the band and the originals who no longer get to go on stage because they’re playing bass and drums with the celestial choir.
Like most of you I am a fan, I remained a fan despite sometimes wanting to wring their collective necks! It’s well known and I documented the fact that we didn’t always agree with each other, in fact it would be more accurate to report that we hardly ever did so.
But about their music and the sheer visceral power that charged through the world that listened to these men from West London they remain without equal. Maybe I had some affinity because I come from the same streets at about the same time. I understood them and their important place in the rock world firmament. Unlike almost any other group “The Who” are revered not just for what they’ve done but also for who they are. Put another way you can be a flash in the pan for a year or two, maybe a little more, but you can’t fake it for half a century. “The Who” is the real deal; they are Rock Gods.
The band rolls on and the music is still great, and let’s remember and honour the band who, more than any other, are both the voice and the face of our generation.
Tony Klinger 2017.
Release date 27th April 2018. Shipping from UK.
Box set contains the book, audio book / CD, repro memorbilia, reproduction Kids are Alright Press kit and photos
The Who & I Box Set & The Kids Are Alright Screening to be held in April 2018 at a central London location. Only 30 tickets available.
Original Book Cover Proof, limited to 10. Signed by Tony Klinger
The Who & I paperback book, signed by Tony Klinger.
The Who & I paperback book by Tony Klinger.
Tour jacket worn by Tony Klinger on tour and during the filming of ‘The Kids Are Alright’. These were only available to band and crew and this one is very rare. Size small, with zip fastener, fibre content, shell.
shipping cost will be additional – to be mutually agreed prior to delivery
Set of 12 A4 reproduction lobby cards from original film The Kids Are Alright.
Photo for illustration, all cards are different images.
Reproduction Kids are Alright Press Film Poster A1 (signed and numbered by Tony Klinger). Limited to 25.
Reproduction The Kids Are Alright Film Poster A2
Reproduction Kids are Alright Press kit, inc photos, signed by Tony Klinger.