Rock Hall of Fame:Tommy exibit
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LENONO68 at aol.com
Sun Apr 9 22:49:07 CDT 2006
Thanks for this post. What did they have from the film version?
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From: "Scott Schrade" <schrade at akrobiz.com>
Subject: Re: Rock Hall of Fame:Tommy exibit
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> Schrade if you're listening please let me know the details of what sounds
> like a great exibit.
Here's a repost of mine from 05/30/05. Mind you, the exhibit is over.
The TOMMY exhibit is rather small, consisting mainly of handwritten
drafts of various aspects of the album's creation: song lyrics, narra-
tive structure, notes, etc.
It's divided up into three loose sections: the album, the film, the Broad-
There are many posters. Posters advertising The Who's '69-'70
tour, posters advertising the '75 movie, & posters advertising the
Much of the handwritten material (mostly by Pete) is under glass.
Some of it under pinball machine glass! (Nice effect.) I've seen
reproductions of a lot of this stuff (if anyone has the Story of Tommy
book, you'll know what I'm talking about), so I didn't spend too
much time re-reading lyrics, song lists, etc.
A roped-off display held two of Pete's Gibson SGs circa '69/'70:
one purportedly smashed & put back together, the other apparently
tossed from the stage at the NYC Metropolitan Opera House per-
formance (temporarily donated by the fan who caught it).
Also included are some of Moon's TOMMY-era drums, Pete's
acoustic guitar which he wrote "Pinball Wizard" on & used on much
of the TOMMY recording, & a Roger Daltrey fringed outfit worn
at the Amsterdam '69 show (of which the famous boot comes from).
Also encased in glass, mounted on a wall, is Entwistle's white, Flying-
V bass guitar which he used in the "Pinball Wizard" segment of the
There were TOMMY-era 45-RPM records, & some neat little
TOMMY tour programs from '69 which I wish I could've flipped
There's a separate little display containing some of The Who's &
Pete's later operatic attempts - showing the QUAD album, Pete's
LIFEHOUSE CHRONICLES, &, somewhat out of place, the
helmet that Daltrey wore for the ODDS & SODS cover shot. I
stared at the helmet for a long time. (!)
Nice exhibit. Nothing extraordinary. Worth it for Who freaks.
- SCHRADE in Akron
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