The Who, Who's Next, 1971
© Ethan Russell

The Who, Who's Next, 1971

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By Ethan Russell
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Who's Next , the 6th studio album by The Who, released on July 31, 1971. The album cover was taken at Easington Colliery. It depicts the band apparently having just urinated on a large concrete piling protruding from a slag heap. According to photographer Ethan Russell, most of the members were unable to go, so rainwater was tipped from an empty film canister. The image is a reference to the monolith discovered on the moon in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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The Who, Who's Next, 1971
The Who, Who's Next, 1971