Legendary drummer Kenney Jones -- best known for his work in the Small Faces, the Faces, and the Who -- has just published his autobiography Let The Good Times Roll: My Life In The Small Faces, The Faces And The Who. Jones admitted that there was an aborted attempt at the book several decades ago, telling, Clashmusic.com: "I tried to do it when I was in my 30's. I did a little bit of work on it, but something kept bugging me. I thought, I can’t write an autobiography about my life when I haven’t lived it. So I put it away. It’s only since I turned my 70 this year that I thought, I’d better do something about it. To be honest, when I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time I thought, s***! I’d better do something about this because I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. But I’m alright now, I’m fine!"

He spoke about his love for the Small Faces, which featured himself, and his late bandmates Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane, and Steve Marriott, revealing, "It was the most creative band I’ve been in -- unlike the Faces which was very much a party band. I mean, the music was good too! And the Who was really exciting, but the Small Faces had all the elements all wrapped up in one."

Jones, who replaced Keith Moon in the Who following the famed drummer's 1978 death, still has mixed emotions regarding his tenure in the band, which ended with him not being asked to take part in their 25th anniversary tour in 1989: "When I joined the Who, I said I’m not taking Keith’s place. And they said no, you don’t have to, because Keith -- in many ways -- held us back a little bit, because it’s one style, and so on. Now we have the opportunity to do something completely different. And we never ever f***ing did! I should have twigged it. I should have twigged that all the fans wouldn’t ever let you do anything different, they just want to hear the hits. The last hit that the Who had was 'You Better Bet' with me -- they haven’t had a hit since. So it’s literally the back catalogue. That’s what the fans want. Those songs are so strong that they still hold up today. It’s a bit like the '60s, '70s music all does."

Kenney Jones told us that looking back today, 1981's Face Dances feels like a pulled punch and that had his drums been mixed properly, the album might not have gotten such a slagging from fans for being quite so tame sounding: "It's very strange, 'cause when I joined the band and we did Face Dances with Bill Szymczyk, the producer -- and I always felt that . . . as much as I loved Bill Szymczyk and what he was doing -- he suppressed my drums so much; I wanted ringing -- and big power stuff, like (Led) Zeppelin -- that's what I thought I was gonna get. It's like 'The Who go 'Eagles,'' y'know? And I didn't like it at all. Me being the new boy in the Who, I thought 'Okay, that's the direction everyone (laughs) wants to go in,' y'know? But, I should have spoke up more, really."

AUDIO: KENNEY JONES ON 'FACE DANCES' DRUM SOUND