The Who FAQ

The Who FAQ

All that’s Left to Know About

Fifty Years of Maximum R&B

By Mike Segretto | foreword by Dave Davies


Fifty years after Peter Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon made their first ruckus together onstage, the world is still fascinated with its greatest rock-and-roll band. Whether their music is popping up in television commercials and the various incarnations of CSI or the remaining members are performing at the Super Bowl, the Olympics, or multitudinous charity events, the Who have never faded away.

Yet while such artists as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin have been pored over, flipped on their backs, and examined from every imaginable angle, the Who remain somewhat mysterious. The Who FAQ by Mike Segretto (May 13, Backbook Books, $24.99) shines a light into those dark corners and answers the questions that persist.

Who were the band’s most important influences, and which other bands were their most loyal followers? Did they really create the first rock opera? What were their important collaborations, gigs, solo projects, and phases? Where do they stand on matters of politics, religion, and philanthropy? The answers to these questions aren’t the stuff of mere trivia but create a clearer portrait of the enigma that is the Who.

Whether they were Mods or punk pioneers, rock Wagners, or a gang of guitar-smashing hooligans, the Who is a band beyond characterization or comparison, and a band that constantly poses new questions. Now, Mike Segretto and The Who FAQ have some answers.



MikeSegrettoMike Segretto is a free-lance writer. He has been running and writing the retro pop-culture blog Psychobabble ( since 2008 and obsessing over the Who since 20 years before that. His other writings include contributions to a variety of reference works, including the pop-culture encyclopedia Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms, He lives in Jersey City, N.J.



May 13, 2014
6” x 9”
388 pages
B&W photographs throughout
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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