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THE WHO: Part 1

Cradle to Stage

From the war ravaged neighbourhood of Acton to the early 60’s London club scene this episode looks back at the young lives of Roger, John and Pete of The Who. It explores how their environments impacted their musical interests and shaped who they would become and how their initial musical influences of Big Band, Dixieland, Al Jolson, Skiffle and early rock n roll set the creative foundation of this live musical wrecking crew.

This is RockDocs Episode #2 and part one of the story of The Who. If you want to start at the very beginning listen to “Setting the Stage” first.


All Aboard the Magic Bus!

The 4 innocent looking boys of one of rock’s most influential bands.

Pete’s Childhood in Tommy Lyrics

How Pete Townshend’s childhood is reflected in The Who’s Tommy.

The Spark That Lit Roger’s Career

How a TV show performance sparked Roger’s musical career.

It’s a Bass, Isn’t It?!

How a chance meeting brings John Entwistle into Roger Daltrey’s band.

Pete’s “Greatest Bloody Triumph”

Of all his accomplishments Pete says in his book “Who I Am” that this was the big one.

That’s Creativity!

For John and Roger, making music first required making an instrument to play.

An Extraordinary Creative Tool

Who fans have drummer Mick Brown (pictured centre) to thank for introducing Pete to the power of recording in 1961. (Also pictured Peter Wilson)

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