Well, Ian Snowball is certainly prolific. Not content with producing Keith Moon: There Is No Substitute, he has now got The Who: In The City ready for launch too.
Essentially this is the story of The Who’s personal affinity with the place of their birth, the city of London. It documents the ‘facts and figures’ of the era 1963 – 2016, taking the reader on ‘an amazing journey’ through all of the bands London concerts and gigs across a fifty year period.
The gigs are backed up with contributions and anecdotes from friends and fans of the band, including Kenney Jones (Small Faces and later of The Who), Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds), Steve White (The Style Council / Paul Weller) and Peter ‘Dougal’ Butler (Keith Moon’s PA).
It also includes other London places of Who related interest, such as their known hang-outs, their homes and where they ‘got their hangovers’, as well as locations relating to the band such as the Goldhawk Club, the Quadrophenia movie settings and much more.
Note that author Ian is donating 50% of his royalties for this book to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that Roger Daltrey is a patron of. Which definitely makes him an all-round good egg.
If you want the book (whihc sounds like a great basis for a walking tour), there’s no sign of pre-orders on Amazon.co.uk just yet, but you can pre-order at Waterstones ahead of the 1st September release date. The book is priced at £15.99.