When Stars Were in Reach 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 novel 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-known British rock band named curiously enough 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. When Stars Were In Reach deconstructs a rock n' roll perfect storm by reliving the events and revisiting with many of the colorful cast of characters (not 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.
When Stars Were In Reach 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, known 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 now.
This is a Collectors Edition, meaning it's ideal for collectors of Who and rock memorabilia. The two advantages of the Collectors Edition over the black and white version are the superior graphics and the approximately 20 color photos, some of which are actual photos from the show. The book includes rare photographs of The Who on the Union Catholic stage and backstage (in the teachers’ lounge no less!) as well as other choice accoutrements.