Roger Daltrey credits the Who's very existence to being brought up in the aftermath of World War II. Daltrey, who's now 74, recently published autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story, which chronicles his family's life both during and following the war.

Daltrey explained to The Big Issue, that the Who was all about taking the initiative to create its own future, recalling, "We were a generation of builders who grew up with nothing. Everything had been destroyed by war. When you have nothing, if you want something you f***ing build it. I made my first electric guitar, a copy of a Fender, and we were building a band. John (Entwistle) joined -- we were different characters but got on and he was a genius bass player. Pete (Townshend) joined, and, f*** me, he was a different class altogether. He had the ability, through his writing and intellect, to write songs of a different caliber to anyone else. I happily gave up the guitar, it was completely incompatible with being a sheet metal worker. My hands were cut to shreds after unloading 10 tons of steel. So that was the gang. And when (Keith) Moon joined, it was the key to the starter. Vroom. Off it went, like a jet engine. Even then, our energy was different to any other band."

Daltrey shed light on how he was able to retain his sense of self while fronting the loudest band in rock and commanding some of the biggest audiences in music history: "I have done what I always dreamed of but I haven’t changed inside from being that kid. Fame is a weird thing. We all wanted to be rich and famous, which we became. But you are still the same blokes. I don’t want to be that star on a pedestal, I was always uncomfortable with that. I lock myself away in the country now and I’m a bit of a recluse, but that is out of choice. I like to be with the grandkids and the family."

He went on to explain that no matter what, the Who's bond was unbreakable: "Even with all the anger, angst and paranoia, there was always a deep respect and that is why the Who stayed together. You can have all that stuff, but when you get home, there was a deep caring for each other. It is family. Don’t f***ing get in the middle of it -- you wouldn’t last two seconds!"

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Who drummer Keith Moon, who died at age 32. Moon's death, which was ruled accidental, was caused by an overdose of Heminevrin, a medication prescribed to help alleviate alcohol withdrawals, mixed with alcohol. When asked what, if anything he would say to his late bandmate, Daltrey said, "I would love to go back and have one last conversation with Moon. What would I say to him? You silly f***er! No, I don’t know whether I would say anything. I would just like to hug him. We loved him. We didn’t know about rehab in those days. We did our best with what little we did know, but it was hard. A good day out with Moon could be one of the best and funniest days in your life. A bad day out with him could be your worst nightmare."

Roger Daltrey told us that the Who growing up in the shadow and rubble of bomb cratered England after World War II essentially made them into the band they became: "It gave us incredible opportunities because it was a blank canvas to paint on. Y'know, a lot of people have said to me, 'And you were all very poor' -- and I say, 'No, actually, we weren't very poor, we were incredibly wealthy! We didn't have much money, but that's got (laughs) nothing to do with. . . ' Y'know, everybody just equates that with poverty now. The community becomes stronger through the war and imagination, and there's something about need and not easy accessible excess (laughs) -- which is what we're in today -- (that) makes you very creative. And that's what we did."

AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON POST-WAR LONDON