This “stealth” documentary about London’s swinging 1960s pop music scene and the manager/producers of the Who – upper-class Kit Lambert and working-class Chris Stamp -- proves that even a slender behind-the-scenes story can become a wholly engrossing doc with the right packaging -- plus the participation of Who front men Peter Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Filmmaker James D. Cooper’s assemblage of L&S’s period footage of the band (and the London Mod scene) is priceless, as are Townshend and Daltrey’s comments on their unlikely handlers, an Oxford-educated gay man and a Cockney “fighting spiv” who packaged the Who’s magnetism and helped them become one of the world’s biggest showbiz phenoms. Required viewing for Anglophile rockers (120 min.).
Director: James Cooper
Producer: James Cooper, Douglas Graves, Loretta Harms, Loretta Harms and Mark Mullen