The Who

I first time I saw The Who up close was when I photographed them over the weekend of November 16 and 17, 1968, when they played 2 nights at London's Roundhouse. That's before I knew anything about hearing protection, and I remember my ears were ringing for a week. 

In December of 1968, the Who were one of many acts who performed under the direction of ringmaster Mick Jagger during filming of The Rolling Stones' Rock and Rock Circus. In this group photo, they were part of a press call, bringing many of the artists from the Circus dressed in costume to be seen by the media.

The colour portraits of Roger Daltrey were taken one afternoon at his home outside London. Looking every bit the country gentleman with a silk scarf and purple wool coat, he was with his Amerian girlfriend, and introduced me to his neighbour, a collector of antiques and old caravans.

Over 8 days between April 1st and 23rd, 1969, The Who rehearsed at London's Hanwell Community Centre to prepare for their US tour. Their rock opera 'Tommy' was going be the focus of their performances.

My favourite photo of drummer Keith Moon was taken at the National Jazz and Blues Festival at the Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes, Sussex, on August 9, 1969 (also known as the Plumpton Festival). I read somewhere that he destroyed more drum kits than most musicians get to play in a lifetime. Sadly, he died in 1978 of an overdose of sleeping pills.

Roger Daltrey's leather fringed jacket looked good at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. The Who were just one of many popular acts that weekend, August 29-31, which included Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, and Joe Cocker.