Leeds nostalgia: Author appeals for your The Who memories

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Author Richard Houghton, pictured, is looking for people who may have seen legendary rock band The Who play in Leeds in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Who – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon – were famed for smashing guitars and drum kits and for headline grabbing off stage antics that including wrecking hotel rooms and even crashing a Rolls Royce into a swimming pool.

Mr Houghton is trying to trace fans that may have witnessed any of these early performances of the group in the city to help him write a ‘people’s history’ of the group.

He said: “The Who have been performing for over 50 years and lots of books have been written about them.

“But I want to tell their story in the words of the people who saw The Who when they were starting out and use those teenage memories to help me capture a little piece of music history.”

Richard, who has already written books about The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, added: “The Who played Leeds six times between 1966 and 1970, during which time they transformed themselves from a singles based chart act to become one of the biggest rock acts in the world, alongside Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. The group began by attracting a Mod following and by 1966 had already earned themselves a reputation as live performers, renowned for smashing their instruments and playing extremely loudly.”

The Who played the Queen’s Hall in April and October 1966 and also squeezed in an appearance at the University in June. They were to return to the University in January 1967, meaning four visits to the city in less than a year, and twice more in 1970.

Richard is hoping to track down anyone who saw The Who at one of these gigs. Share you memories at thewhointhe60s@gmail.com or by writing to Richard at 1 Totnes Road, Manchester, M21 8XF.

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