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The Who & Quadrophenia - Martin Popoff

The Who & Quadrophenia

By: Martin Popoff

7 November 2023

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Take a deep dive into one of the best-selling albums ever on the 50th anniversary of its release with this beautifully produced and authoritatively written slipcased edition.

Veteran rock critic Martin Popoff leaves no stone unturned in taking apart The Who's generation-spanning masterpiece, Quadrophenia, while exploring each of the album's 17 tracks and their themes of identity, anxiety, and mental health. Chapters cover:

  • The state of The Who as of 1973, including their role in Mod culture
  • The recording sessions at famed Olympic Studios and the band's own Battersea location, including techniques used
  • Song-by-song studies of each album side, including analyses of lyrics and the guitars, drums, keyboards, and synthesizers employed by members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle, and Keith Moon
  • The 1979 motion picture based on the album's song cycle
  • The continent-hopping tours that supported the album
  • The rock group's trajectory post-Quadrophenia, including notable albums and tours

Popoff also takes you on side journeys examining each band member, mod vs. rocker culture, the album's famous graphic design, manager/producers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, Quadrophenia collectibles, and more. There's even a brief discography and complete LP tour dates.

Presented in a 10" 10" slipcased book, The Who and Quadrophenia is illustrated with stunning performance and candid off-stage photography as well as rare memorabilia.

The result is a richly presented celebration and your ultimate tribute to the rock opera masterpiece.

About the Author

Working out of Toronto, Canada, Martin Popoff has penned more than 100 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including Rush: The Illustrated History, Led Zeppelin: Song by Song, Pink Floyd: Album by Album, and Bowie at 75. In addition, he has appeared in Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector, bravewords.com, lollipop.com, and hardradio.com. Martin also worked on the award-winning documentaries Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas for Banger Films.

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