This epic documentary portrays the story of rock legends The Who in unrivaled detail. Spanning four decades of the band's explosive history, and including interviews with the members as well as other musicians and industry professionals, it features rare archival material and concert footage from the group's beginnings through its rise to stardom.
Simon Townshend — brother of The Who’s Pete Townshend — is flipping the bird. In the film “The Who: Six Quick Ones,” he’s demonstrating on an acoustic guitar how his sibling voices chords by “taking out the pretty part.” As he works the frets, the middle finger on his left hand pops up. The rude gesture isn’t intentional, but it’s nonetheless an apt means of expressing how The Who’s music must have sounded when it came blasting out of the U.K. in the mid-‘60s. The “pretty parts” often got smashed.
Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwistle each get their props in The Who documentaries “Amazing Journey” and “Six Quick Ones.” All agree that the band’s personalities couldn’t have been more disparate, but somehow they made era-changing music together. The films offer insights into their backgrounds and how they were able to click.
With a history that spans more than 60 years, The Who has seen and been through it all. Here’s a detailed look at the band’s high and low points, and many of the significant developments and events in between.
The Who influenced countless bands and artists with its groundbreaking sonics and ambitious songwriting, perfecting everything from the three-minute single to the rock opera. The band’s acolytes span generations, including the following:
In an all-encompassing and candid conversation with Coda Collection Editorial Director Greg Kot, vocalist Roger Daltrey discusses all things related to The Who; his relationship with Pete Townshend; his work on behalf of cancer awareness; the digital age; the Beatles and the Rolling Stones; and much more in this must-see interview. A Coda Collection exclusive.