The Who’s seminal double album “Tommy”, released in 1969, is a milestone in rock history. It revitalized the band’s career and established Pete Townshend as a composer and Roger Daltrey as one of rock’s leading frontmen. The first album to be overtly billed as a “rock opera”, “Tommy” has gone on to sell over 20 million copies around the world and has been reimagined as both a film by Ken Russell in the mid-seventies and a touring stage production in the early nineties. This film explores the background, creation and impact of “Tommy” through interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, archived interviews with the late John Entwistle, and contributions from engineer Bob Pridden, artwork creator Mike McInnerney plus others involved in the creation of the album.
In this sneak peek, Daltrey and Townshend discuss the power of the fourth track off of “Tommy,” “Amazing Journey.” In the words of Roger Daltrey, this was the song that “said it all.” Townshend then describes that when he was writing the song, he wrote it as an analogy that everyone could relate to while embarking on a spiritual journey. Watch to learn the full story of “Tommy” plus the historic and cultural impact of the album Tuesday, April 17th at 10/9c on Docs That Rock!
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