Het lijkt er op dat het 50-jarig jubileum van The Who gevierd gaat worden met een nieuwe box-set. Op 21 en 28 juni wordt op BBC6 Music Radio een tweedelige documentaire uitgezonden: “Maximum R&B – The Birth Of The Who. In de omschrijving van het programma staat: “plus exclusive previously unreleased music from the band live in 1964 taken from the forthcoming boxset”
De volledige tekst:
“Contributors: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Graham Coxon, Wilko Johnson, Gaz Coombes, Mark King, Ricky Wilson, Sir Paul McCartney, Johnny Marr.
Before stadiums, concept albums and hotel destruction The Who were a rhythm n’ blues band. As difficult as it is to imagine, if you saw The Who in ‘64, in-between dodging drumsticks and guitar splinters, you’d see four skinny white teenagers from West London tackling songs by James Brown, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and Martha & The Vandellas. And the noise these kids created – high-octane, high-volume, rough and raw version of songs from the Tamla Motown and Stax labels – would form the basis for The Who’s famous sound.
This year The Who celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first UK single ‘I Can’t Explain’ and their seminal track ‘My Generation’ (as well as their debut album) and mark it with the release of a career-spanning box set, a huge show in Hyde Park in July and the headline slot at Glastonbury. To recognise this momentous year, in new interviews, guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey look back at the very start of the band. Recalling how The Who’s obsession with the music of Chicago, Memphis and Mississippi shaped their songwriting and explaining how these distinctively American songs, often born of social unrest and racial segregation, had parallels in the lives of post-war urban British kids, and in the case of The Who, earned them the now-legendary description ‘Maximum R&B’
Featuring new exclusive contributions from Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Graham Coxon from Blur, Wilko Johnson, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes, Mark King from Level 42, Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson, Johnny Marr and Sir Paul McCartney plus exclusive previously unreleased music from the band live in 1964 taken from the forthcoming boxset.“