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Publisher's Summary

In this audiobook, the frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who. 

“It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” says Roger Daltrey, the powerhouse vocalist of The Who.   

The result of this introspection is a remarkable memoir, instantly captivating, funny and frank, chock-full of well-earned wisdom and one-of-kind anecdotes from a raucous life that spans a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America. Born during the air bombing of London in 1944, Daltrey fought his way (literally) through school and poverty and began to assemble the band that would become The Who while working at a sheet metal factory in 1961.  

In Daltrey’s voice, the familiar stories - how they got into smashing up their kit, the infighting, Keith Moon’s antics - take on a new, intimate life. Also here is the creative journey through the unforgettable hits including "My Generation", "Substitute", and "Pinball Wizard" and the great albums Who’s Next, Tommy, and Quadrophenia.    

Amidst all the music and mayhem, the drugs, the premature deaths, the ruined hotel rooms, Roger is our perfect narrator, remaining sober (relatively) and observant and determined to make The Who bigger and bigger. Not only his personal story, this is the definitive biography of The Who.

©2018 Roger Daltrey (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

Critic Reviews

"The Who's lead singer and frontman does a remarkable job narrating his candid, honest, self-deprecating, and carefully researched memoir." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Love this book

Hearing Roger‘s voice tail all these interesting stories is just icing on the cake. Doesn’t seem to hold much back! Would highly recommend this for any lover of classic rock.

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The life of Roger Harry Daltrey ...a unique path.


Roger Daltrey's story reveals a band & one man's encounters through the evolution of "Rock & Roll". An extraordinary life ...well worth the read.

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Fantastic story of a fantastic life

Who fans will definitely love this book but as a life story read my the author it is fantastic and often touching story. Roger Daltrey comes across as an extremely likeable and level headed character who has always looked after the people who helped in his rise to fame. One of the best Rock and Roll autobiographies. Set in the long gone era where drug fuelled hotel smashing riots were par for the course Daltrey narrates as the voice of reason clearly having fun retelling the escapades of the band. One of the best Audible books that I have listened to.

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Wonderful storytelling

First a confession: I have been a The Who fan since I first heard them in the late 70s, so maybe I am slightly biased. Yet I have listened to more audiobooks I care to count andI think I can tell a good one from a bad one, and this one is great!
Why? Three reasons: The stories, the writing, and the performance.
The book covers pretty much what one would expect, i.e. the life of Roger Daltry including of course the story of The Who though Mr. Daltry's eyes. Compared to Pete Townshend autobiography 'Who am I: A Memoire', this one, however, feels more personal.Where Townshend spends much time on the creative process and the creation of their music, Daltrey gives a more detailed look at the people in adn around The Who and their interactions. Another difference is the inherent humor of Roger Daltrey's stories, compared to which Townsends feels dry and more academic. Told from the distance of history it seems Roger Daltrey finds - if not humor- at least understanding of events that probably were rather taxing when they occurred. Besides the good writing, the great entertainment value arises equaly from Roger's delivery. No wonder he was the frontman. He is just very good in bringing the stories to life, with his intonations, dynamic, pausing, giggling and several other tools that make this less of a reading than a real performance. It all reminds me of the reading of Peter Falk to his nephew that frames "The Princess Bride". It almost doesn't matter if you are a The Who fan or not, this is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining audiobooks you can listen to.

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Here Rog Talk

Wonderful autobiography of rock legend, Especially delightful that he reads it himself. Not as bizarre a story as Keith's but direct, honest and endearing.

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Beyond Excellent

I’m a voracious reader of rock bios. This was in the top 3 I’ve ever read. Felt like Roger was sitting in my living room telling me his tales.

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Who Are We

Been a Who fan for 50 years. Rogers stories bring it all together nicely. The Who music is the best rock.

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must listen

Amazing listen Roger tells it and puts you right there. I am who fan, must read....great job Roger

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fun moments

carried me back to the 70s and beyond. now it's time to hear Pete's story. :)

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Great story

very good book...accent is. little hard to understand at times but overall great. definitely recommend if you like bios and the who's music.