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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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The Who Sell

The Who Sell

(p.35) The Who Sell
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about the Who and their music. She describes the band as a specialist in an unbohemian youth-prole defiance that was much closer to the spirit of fifties rock. They had their first Stateside success with the single, “Happy Jack,”. The band also toured the United States and established themselves as fine live performers. The Who were enthusiastically received at the Monterey Pop Festival and began to gather an underground following. The hip community’s efficient grapevine helped them generate another hit single, “I Can See for Miles,” and made a best seller out of the Who’s next album, The Who Sell Out.

Keywords:   The Who, rock music, rock bands, musicians

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