It’s a darn good thing that the Who’s frontman Roger Daltrey didn’t heed the advice of his childhood music teacher. If he did, we wouldn’t have had decades of ground-breaking music, or his memoir that is now set for release.
Daltrey’s, ‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight,’ (The title is a reference to a Daltrey’s childhood music teacher, who told him that he wouldn’t amount to much), was first announced last year, and will be published Oct. 18 in England and Oct. 23 in the U.S. The book covers Daltrey’s early life and 50 years with the Who.
Writing a memoir, says Daltrey, was not something he envisioned doing. In fact, he has always looked at it with trepidation: “I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir,’” he said in a statement, “but now, finally, I feel I’ve enough perspective.” Daltrey spoke about his decades in music: “When you’ve spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like the Who, perspective can be a problem. … Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I’m on the factory floor in Shepherd’s Bush, the next, I’m headlining Woodstock.”
The book has been three years in the making. Daltrey said it’s taken that long to separate fact from the sometimes exaggerated stories with which he’s been associated, to, as he said, “unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon‘s 21st birthday.”
The publication of ‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight’ has been part of a busy year for Daltrey. Two weeks ago he completed a short tour performing the Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’ with a local orchestra. He also released his first solo album in 25 years, ‘As Long as I Have You.’