Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me?

  |  Book Tickets: 15/06/2012
  |  69 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC


Pete Townshend leads us on a trip back to the early 1970s, and the making of the rock opera Quadrophenia. Featuring Jimmy the Mod, a double schizophrenic, reflecting the personalities of all four Who members, the making of the album was fraught, as Roger Daltry, and other contemporaries vividly testify. A workaholic focused with laser intensity on his vision, Townshend’s stress levels spiked when his producer’s heroin habit became all consuming. A range of fascinating anecdotes help bring to life the album’s subject: the mod era of the early 1960s, where style prevailed over substance. The project’s completion hardly brought the relief it should have, as the band immediately set off on a disastrous American tour, featuring Keith Moon on elephant tranquilizers. Nevertheless, Quadrophenia was critically acclaimed, and Townshend looks back with pride: “What is interesting about this album was it kind of worked,” he says. “We never really ever made a truly great album again.”

Contains strong language and drug references
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