I am currently researching and writing a book about the solo careers of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, outside of The Who. Having written previously on the band I've now decided to look at the work the band members have done as solo artists. A varied and entertaining ride it is too.
A lot of books have been (or are due to be) released about The Who since they celebrated their 50th anniversary and I wanted to do something different. I intend to explore the solo work of each member of the band in as much detail as The Who's body of work was covered in 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere - the complete chronicle of The Who 1958 - 1978', which I co-wrote with Andy Neill. I am currently working on a timeline of the various events in their careers and, luckily, I already have a lot of information in my possession but there is always so much more to discover. I had hoped that the book would have been complete this year but life gets in the way and sometimes other things have to take a backwards step. The book has been one of those unfortunately. However, I'm still confident that it will see the light of day towards the middle of 2017.
As well as the full details of their solo careers the book will also include lots of rare photos and memorabilia and, with a bit of luck, first hand memories from the people that were there. Of course I'd love to hear from anyone who may have any rare items of memorabilia or memories of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon's solo outings and any contribution will be acknowledged in the book. You can if you do have material of interest. I'm particularly interested at the moment with John's Japanese shows with 'The Best' and so if anyone has any interesting material from those please let me know.
I'm still looking for a publisher. I did have a lot of interest from a UK publisher but they need a US partner and that never worked out and so if anyone reading this is interested please do get in touch. If one if not forthcoming then I am likely to go down the self publishing route, although that will obviously affect the quality of the design, particularly with regards copyrighted material that requires licensing.
I'll use this website to give updates on the progress of the book as and when there is anything to report. It is a project I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth into.