a few more bits and pieces from my Who folders.
The Who Generation is a 64-page magazine published by Circus, the US rock monthly, and written
by Nik Cohn which is a guarantee of quality of course. It was published in June
of 1974 to coincide with The Who’s four nights at New York’s Madison Square
Garden and, in fact, because I was living in NY at the time, Circus had called me to ask whether I’d be
prepared to write it. Unfortunately my contract with Melody
Maker precluded me
from writing for other magazines and, in 1974, I felt it unwise to offer my
services to what was, in effect, a rival. So I recommended Nik and he did a
great job, probably far better than Circus were expecting. I seem to remember Nik taking me for a
slap-up meal as a thank you.
felt no such qualms a year later when I was approached by Penthouse magazine which I didn’t feel was in
competition with Melody Maker, even though the sub editors were
always on the lookout for an eye-catching picture of an easy-on-the-eye girl
singer. Nevertheless, the text in the Rock Superstars Poster mag is uncredited because I wasn’t
supposed to be working for anyone else other than MM. What I remember most about working
for Penthouse was that they paid really well and
the girls who worked on the reception in their Third Avenue offices all looked
like centre-spreads (with their clothes on).
This was the programme for the
at the Rainbow on December 9, 1972. In the cast list inside John’s name is
spelt Entwisle, which makes a change from usual Entwhistle misspelling.
Originally planned for the Royal Albert Hall, the performance was banned by the
general manager who deemed Tommy not to be a proper opera and, in any case, was
‘unsavoury’. Wonder what he thought of Robert Plant squeezing his lemon on the
hallowed stage during the Pop Proms of June 1969.
I have no idea where this Tommy
The Movie magazine
came from, but the 30p price tag seems to imply it came from the UK, which is
odd because I was living in NY when the film was released. It’s full of stills
from the film including a spectacularly unattractive shot of Keith as ‘the evil
and lecherous Uncle Ernie’ and Nora (Ann-Margret) ‘cavorting crazily in a
fantasy of melted chocolate’. The text – a précis of the film – is uncredited.