Formed in London in 1964, The Who is considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. Roger Daltrey(lead vocalist), Pete Townshend(guitarist and vocals), John Entwistle(bassist), and Keith Moon(drummer) created the group that would eventually sell over 100 million records worldwide. The band developed from an earlier group called the Detours and established themselves as a part of the pop art and mod movement. Moon led the auto-destructive art on stage by destroying his drums on stage while Townshend would slam his guitar into the stage. As The Who released successful single after successful single, as well as the album Tommy, and appeared live at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, their reputation was cemented in history.
The shirt features a rendition of the Quadrophenia album cover. The album, released in 1973, was the sixth studio album and second rock opera from The Who. Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. This is the only Who album entirely composed by Pete Townshend. Quadrophenia was received positively by the UK and the US, but the following tour was rife with problems relating to the backing tapes which replaced the addition instruments on the album. The piece was retired in early 1974 but was revived in 1996 with a larger ensemble. The album made a huge impact on the mod revival movement of the late 1970s and the film adaptation of the album, released in 1979, was successful.
Text: Stylized“The Who” above and below the image.
Black and White portrait of motorcycle with rider in between two groups of stylized text“The Who.”
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