Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today in ‘Who FAQ’ News: My Work Here Is Done


It’s been a while since I’ve slipped any updates about my upcoming book, The Who FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Fifty Years of Maximum R&B, into your furry paws. That doesn’t mean work hasn’t been going down behind the scenes. Well all that has now ended, at least as far as I’m concerned. Yesterday I finished creating the massive index, and once Back Beat’s layout staff shoves it into the book, I’m guessing it will be ready to go to print (I’m not precisely certain what the publishing process is, but let’s pretend it’s that).
In other Who FAQ news, it also has a cover now. Don’t be fooled by how sleepy everyone looks in the photo. The book is actually as exciting as Roger Daltrey’s chest, which is also displayed on the cover.

The index is my favorite part of The Who FAQ because its breadth shows just how extensively The Who’s influence has swept through popular culture. My first version included 1,636 terms. When it hit me that I’d actually have to search for each and every one of those terms throughout the book and enter the page numbers manually, I got skittish about the incredible tedium of the task and whittled down that number a bit. So the index in the published version will have fewer than 1,636 terms, but all of those details are still in the book. Here are a few from the original index that probably don’t appear in too many other books on The Who:

Afghan Whigs, Judd Apatow, Louis Armstrong, Tony Blair, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, John Cleese, The Decemberists, Fahrenheit 451, Ricky Gervais, “If I Only Had a Heart”, The Italian Job, Judas Priest, “The Kids in the Hall”, Stanley Kubrick, Lady Godiva (Peter and Gordon album), Lil Wayne and DJ Cinema, “Louie”, “The Mighty Boosh”, Olivia Newton-John, Barack Obama, One Direction, “Pretty Boy Floyd”, Vincent Price, Henry Purcell, Saturday Night Fever, Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Spitting Image”, Star Wars, The Story of Simon Simopath (Nirvana album), Quentin Tarantino, Tales from the Crypt, 3rd Bass, Francois Truffaut, Mao Tse-tung, “Twin Peaks”, “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Laurent Voulzy, Andrew Lloyd Webber, “The Who Vs. Porky Pig”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “The Young Ones”

How do these various items relate to the Best Rock & Roll Band in the World? Find out when The Who FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Fifty Years of Maximum R&B hits the streets on May 13th!
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