“The Who Onstage 1969-1971” by Stewart Hellman: an exclusive trip back to The Who’s most ferocious live period

A valuable personal archive containing hundreds of photographs of some of the legendary band’s iconic American performances, as well as the author and photographer’s personal notes

“The Who Onstage 1969-1971” by Stewart Hellman: an exclusive trip back to The Who’s most ferocious live period

As the author and photographer Stewart Hellman puts it, “The Who Onstage 1969–1971” is a book dedicated to all the fans of the legendary band (but also a valuable addition to any music fan’s library), providing exclusive and unseen photos of the band live during some of their shows in the U.S. at the height of their popularity, transitioning from the psychedelic sounds of the late 1960’s into their acclaimed Hard Rock direction. Through hundreds of photos, Stewart takes you back with him on a personal journey, one where he traveled to attend and photograph The Who shows in the first person, between 1969 and 1971. Back then, The Who had just released possibly their two most groundbreaking and acclaimed albums, “Tommy” and “Who’s Next”, and were stepping into the 1970’s heavier than ever. Stewart was at the right time and place to capture the magic of The Who live during that exciting period, a privilege for any music fan.  In this book, you get to see and keep photographs of the whole band and individual members that were likely intended to remain private, a golden archive that now, thanks to the revolutionary times in publishing we are living in, is able to be shared with the world. You’ll get the sense of going back in time with Stewart through nearly 150 pages of photographs and personal notes from concerts, including their legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969, Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, and also Forest Hills in Queens, New York, both in 1971.While some will probably argue this is a book that matters mostly to The Who hardcore fans and completionists, the fact that the history contained in the pages of “The Who Onstage 1969-1971” matters to all serious music fans cannot be overlooked. The setlists for the shows are also provided as an extra, contributing to making the book an even finer archive of a rock history piece.

Since its release on August 31, 2020 by Austin Macauley Publishers, the book has been available at a minimum of 2000 bookstores. You can find it at Amazon (where it reached number 18 in Amazon’s 100 Best Selling Books list), Barnes & Noble, and several other bookstores.

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Also watch a rare film caption of one of the included shows, The Who live in Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, July 29th, 1971

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