New book about the Who
pureneasy at tiscali.co.uk
Mon Aug 3 19:41:28 UTC 2009
I picked up a copy of the book Twilight of the Gods by Tony Klinger today.
It deals with his part in the making of The Kids are Alright film, and if
you are one of those that thinks the Who and all those around them are
incapable of poor decision making, back stabbing petty jealousies, etc, then
this book isn't for you.
Now I'm not saying that it is all wholly true - if it were Bill Curbishley
for one would have to be a thoroughly nasty, lying shit, but I take it that
Tony has a book to sell and his recollection of events that took place 31
years ago may not be wholly accurate.
Mind you, he could be.
Among the more interesting things that he writes about are -
He came up with the idea for TKAA in 18975, and sold it to Roger, who put
the wheels in motion.
Jeff Stein's appearance came as a surprise to Tony Klinger - he had
approached Pete - seemingly neither Pete nor Roger discussed with each
other these films they had each committed to, and thus was born an
apparently doomed relationship.
Tony writes about John Entwistle being a very difficult man to like, let
alone get along with, and certainly not at all cooperative.
He does however pay tribute generously to John at the end when he concedes
that John had mixed the sound for the film magnificently - he had worried at
the start of the sound mix that he thought Entwistle's approach while good
for the album was wrong for the film sound.
Klinger makes some mistakes with timing of events - not altogether
surprising, given that the members of the Who themselves can't agree for
example on when YBYB was released!
He views Roger with some affection - especially as he was hired by Roger to
produce his video for One of the Boys.
He is ambivalent on Pete, claiming that Pete would speak with him in the
most friendly manner one day yet later that day ignore him totally.
He claims that the members of the band effectively ransacked the film's
profits by making a claim late on in the making of tkaa for uncontracted
"fees" totalling £330,000 (about $550,000 today) to be added to the costs of
Bill Curbishley, hit is claimed, deceived Klinger over the making of the
soundtrack album, claiming Bill Curbishley told him the band had no
intention of releasing a soundtrack album yet keeping him in the dark over
the making of it.
He also claims rthat he ahd his family received death threats over his
attempts to maintain his contractual rights in making the film;
Klinger also claims that Jeff Stein was effectively useless in the making of
the film, as he had no idea at all how to make a film. Actually, this is
fairly pretty obvious, as Jeff Stein was effectively a self admitted
besotted Who fan only.
The book is an interesting, if probably self centred account of an odd
period in the Who's career - but no matter what dirt he dishes (death
threats against him and his family by Who associates, rampant fraud in the
accounts of the film committed by the Who and their associates, lies and
deceipt by Bill Curbishley, etc) he remains convinced that the band are one
of the best bands of the modern era - live he concedes they had no peer.
I got my copy in Borders UK.
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