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The Who were undoubtably the most explosive band to emerge from the sixties. They burst onto the scene in a cacophany of sound and equipment demolition. Whatever you thought of the band you just couldn't ignore them.

But they had much more going for them than just a hyperactive and aggressive stageshow. They had songs: gloriously melodic three minute slices of pure and powerful pop. 'I Can't Explain', 'My Generation, 'Substitute', 'I'm A Boy', and 'I Can See For Miles' all became top ten hits and established the band as a major worldwide force.

As the sixties came to a close, Pete Townshend had a vision of something much more daring and inventive. He had initially toyed with the idea of a 'rock opera'in 1966 with the track 'A Quick One While He's Away'. But now it was 1969, and Pete had an even grander idea. A conceptual story that would last a whole album: the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy - a boy called 'Tommy'.

The band were now firmly established as a stadium headlining act, a heady status that they would maintain for the rest of their career.
This report prepared by Oliver Bayley








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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   trouble in high school    -   committing crimes    -   boozing    -   rebelling against parent's expectations    -   general coming of age story    -   alienated from society job/profession:    -   musician    -   scientist/inventor Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   British Gender/Class story?    -   story of lower class Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Singer/Dancer

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   West    -   Northeast    -   Midwest    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles    -   London    -   Chicago    -   Boston Misc setting    -   resort/hotel Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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