When Stars Were in Reach (WSWIR) is the true story of a group of plucky and determined high school students who dreamt big and put their high school on the map. Tired of the usual boring bake sales and dances, this group of high school seniors tried a vel approach to fundraising. They coaxed an initially reluctant administration to enter the rock concert business in the fall of 1967 by booking an on-the-rise, little-kwn British rock band named curiously eugh The Who. In the inevitable clash between a Catholic high school's button-down culture and the destructive live act of The Who, something had to give. WSWIR deconstructs a rock n' roll perfect storm by reliving the events and revisiting with many of the colorful cast of characters (t just the students) involved in transforming the school's image from that of a staid, conservative high school in Scotch Plains, New Jersey to one that was soon at the cutting edge of the rock music scene in the years 1967 and 1968, rock n' roll's hey day. WSWIR is also a snapshot of The Who at a period in their career when for all intents and purposes they were little more than a cult band in the United States, kwn more for scintillating live performances than record sales. When surveying the various U.S. venues in which The Who performed on the way to reaching iconic status, one would be hard-pressed to find a more unusual setting than Union Catholic High School where The Who left an audience of mostly first-time concert-going teens with mouths agape. It was an event that is still talked about today by those who attended the show and scoffed at in disbelief by everyone else...that is, until w. This is a Black and White Edition, meaning with the exception of the front and back cover, all graphics are in black and white. The book includes rare photographs of The Who on the Union Catholic stage and backstage (in the teachers' lounge less!) as well as other choice accoutrements.
The author, a fifty-nine year old pension consultant in his day job, is intimately familiar with the book's milieu. Michael Rosenbloom's extended adolescence included a seven year period (1968-1975) during which he traveled the length of the eastern seaboard of North America from Montreal, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama attending thirty-five Who concerts, meeting Pete Townshend on two occasions, John Entwistle once and collecting Who vinyl, posters and memorabilia. After four decades or so, the author has finally decided to tie a ribbon on that period of his life by recreating a scene not unlike those of his misspent youth.