Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Lambert & Stamp: The Who's Managers Were as Cool as the Who 

Wednesday, Apr 8 2015
The Who has been the subject of past movies, particularly the seminal The Kids Are Alright, but James D. Cooper's documentary Lambert & Stamp provides a fascinating backstory for both the group and 1960s London with Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, frustrated filmmakers who stumbled into managing the band. Lambert takes more of the focus, having gotten hooked on heroin and died at age 41, and as such is inherently glamorous; he also was openly queer at a time when it was still very much illegal, just 10 years after Alan Turing's death, though Lambert was protected by his aristocratic lineage. While the timeline gets a bit fuzzy in the 1970s, the picture is as much about the early days of The Who as it is about the class systems of mid-20th-century England, as well as the forgotten rivalry between Mods and Rockers. Though it's not just for Who fans, those well-versed in the band will enjoy picking out some of the more obscure, copyright-friendly songs used in the appropriately loud soundtrack — not always directly related to what's on screen — including songwriter Pete Townshend's demos of "Call Me Lightning" and "Recorders." And as entertaining as Lambert & Stamp is, a film of just the eternally eloquent Townshend talking for two hours would also be plenty satisfying.


About The Author

Sherilyn Connelly


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"