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View Diary: Popular Culture 20111118: A Brief History of The Who. Part I (61 comments)

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    I always think of these huge bands as always having been, well, huge. It's strange to think of people going to the early gigs of The Who (/Detours/High Numbers) or The Beatles and not realizing that they're seeing an act that's gonna be worldwide in a couple of years. Or to find out that Roger Daltrey had to make a call about whether to stick with his first wife or with the band. (I'd read that "A Legal Matter" was the first song Pete Townshend's sang lead vocals on, possibly because it was a bit sensitive for Roger at the time.)

    There's a documentary out there called Anvil! The Story of Anvil about a Canadian band that, by rights, should have ranked with the likes of Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, and Skid Row. They were doing tours with big acts and everything, acclaimed by their peers, and it just didn't hit for them. By the time the movie came out they'd been at it for decades, and it's a fascinating look into the sort of toll it takes on everybody involved when people keep pursuing a dream that doesn't seem to be panning out.

    The movie is more about the process the band members go through than about the music, so it's probably worth watching even if it's not the type of music you're into. It's available through Netflix streaming at the moment, too.

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