'I felt ostracized from that world': The Who's Roger Daltrey on the excesses of fame and growing up fast

The Who's Roger Daltrey tells the story of how he went from being a high school drop-out and part-time worker in a sheet metal factory to being one of the biggest rock stars in the world.
Roger Daltrey's autobiography Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite is out now. (Supplied)
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Roger Daltrey found a home and success in The Who, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, but he always felt like a bit of an outsider. His new memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite, details how his perspective on the world differed from that of his bandmates. 

Daltrey​ came of age in post-War London, where he grew up tough and grew up fast. The title of his book is named for the headmaster who kicked him out of school when he was 15 years old. He later worked in a sheet metal factory while his bandmate, Pete Townshend, was an art student. By the time he was 19, Daltrey was trying to make ends meet with a wife and a baby. John Entwistle and Keith Moon had office jobs.

At the photo shoot for "My Generation," 1965: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon. (Supplied)

Daltrey talks to q's Tom Power about his new memoir, and tells the story of how he went from being a high school drop-out to one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

Produced by ​Chris Trowbridge

Listen to the full conversation with Roger Daltrey near the top of this page. 


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