Did you see The Who perform in Hemel?

Author Richard Houghton
Author Richard Houghton
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A Manchester author is looking for people who saw legendary rock band The Who play in Hemel in the 1960s.

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

And Richard Houghton is trying to trace fans who witnessed some of the group’s earliest performances, including one at Dacorum College, to help him write a ‘people’s history’ of the group.

Richard 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 Dacorum College in April 1965 when they were just becoming recognised as a chart act. I’m hoping some of your readers may have witnessed that show or another concert by The Who and I’m really interested to hear from them. People who were teenagers in the ’60s will have some great memories of these evenings which I’d like to capture in order to preserve the history of a golden age of pop.”

Email thewhointhe60s@gmail.com or write to 1 Totnes Road, Manchester, M21 8XF.