Roger Daltrey’s memoir, first announced last year, will be published Oct. 18 in England and Oct. 23 in the U.S. Titled Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight: A Memoir, the book covers Daltrey’s early life and 50 years with the Who.

Writing an autobiography was something Daltrey approached with some trepidation.

“I've always resisted the urge to 'do the memoir,'” he said in a statement, “but now, finally, I feel I've enough perspective. When you've spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like the Who, perspective can be a problem. ... Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I'm on the factory floor in Shepherd's Bush, the next, I'm headlining Woodstock.”

The title is a reference to a childhood music teacher, who told Daltrey he wouldn’t amount to much.

Daltrey has worked on the book for three years, and said it’s taken that long to separate fact from the sometimes exaggerated stories with which he’s been associated, to, as he said, “unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday.”

The publication of Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight is the latest bit of activity in a busy year for Daltrey, who nearly two weeks ago finished a short tour performing the Who's rock opera Tommy in full with a local orchestra at each venue. He also released his first solo album in 25 years, As Long as I Have You, which is listed among our favorite albums of the year so far.

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