Posted Jan 03 2016
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Lambert & Stamp - This Rock Doc Rocks

Dir: James D. Cooper

Starring Chris Stamp, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry, Terrence Stamp, Richard Barnes, Irish jack

The first round of BAFTA voting for this year closes at 12 noon on January 4 i.e. tomorrow – and this movie is currently on the long list for Best Doc, and whilst it remains to be seen if it makes the short list, at least some of us here at Last Word Towers have thrown our lot in with it, voting-wise.

Lambert is Kit Lambert – posh boy manager and producer of The Who in their pivotal early days. Stamp is Chris Stamp – working class London lad who just happened to have a rather famous brother at the time by the name of Terrence. Kit and Chris met, hit it off instantly, became BFFs and, united by their desire to become filmmakers, decided to go out and find a band they could mange, and film, and therefore use to tell their own story. They found The High Numbers, helped rename them The Who and, whilst their filmmaking dreams never came to fruition, help produce some of the greatest music of the 1960s, culminating in the rock opera masterpiece that was Tommy.

Cooper’s movie is blessed not only with the music of The Who from this period but by the fact that nascent filmmakers Lambert and Stamp filmed just about everything to do with the band, resulting in some remarkable, largely unseen footage. Modern day interviews – Lambert is no longer with us, but Stamp is delightfully verbose – compliment the film greatly. Plus, it’s a genuine delight to not only listen to Townshend and Daltry individually recall their glory days, but to see the two men sitting down and reminiscing together, rather than trying to lamp each other with a guitar or mic stand, respectively.

A film very definitely for fans of the band, but also one which sheds light on some of the lesser documented figures of this pivotal time, in a warm and very engaging way.

 

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