Pete Townshend on Couch, at his Flat Near Victoria Station, London, 1968
© Barrie Wentzell

Pete Townshend on Couch, at his Flat Near Victoria Station, London, 1968

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By Barrie Wentzell
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I went along with Chris Welch, ‘ace’ writer for the Melody Maker, to interview Pete who wanted to tell us about his new idea for a ‘concept album’. It was a cold and dark day and after much chat about music, art and the guru, Meha Babba, he told us about this story of a deaf, dumb and blind kid which he was working on. I thought that it seemed rather a sad and depressing theme, and that I couldn’t see how it would be accepted or would ever become a hit! Shows how much I knew since, as destiny was to show, “Tommy” became one of The Who’s biggest and best successes!

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Pete Townshend on Couch, at his Flat Near Victoria Station, London, 1968
Pete Townshend on Couch, at his Flat Near Victoria Station, London, 1968