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Director James D. Cooper Talks About The New Who Documentary "Lambert And Stamp"

Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp didn't set out to be one of the greatest management teams in Rock-N-Roll history, it just happened.  The term "making it up as we go along" was applied to real life when they decided to manage a little band from London called The Who.  They were film makers who had never managed a band, had no connections in the music business, and weren't even very familiar with Rock-N-Roll.  But somehow they helped The Who become legends by begging, borrowing, stealing, and at times threatening.  If The Who had been picked up by a more traditional management company they probably would have ended up sounding like Herman's Hermits.  

It was Kit Lambert that encouraged Pete Townsend to write longer, more complex songs that eventually led to the first Rock Opera, "Tommy".  It was also Lambert and Stamp that encouraged the band to make every show a spectacle by smashing their instruments and literally setting the stage on fire.  While all that Rock History was being made Lambert and Stamp struggled to keep the band and their partnership in tact.

 

Director James D. Cooper, with the cooperation of original Who members Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey, tells the team's story through classic footage and first hand accounts.  Check out the interview below to know more: 

Here's The Who at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival:

Lambert And Stamp will be released on April 3rd.

Photo by Kevin Dooley

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