plaque unveiled where pete first smashed guitar

Alan McKendree amck at
Sat Dec 19 05:14:50 UTC 2009

> From: JOELTLE515 at
> Date: December 14, 2009 10:36:05 PM CST
> unveiled-celebrating-Townshend-guitar-smashing

The Railway.   Some of us went there during the Who convention in  
September '98.  It was a dirty dump, but still in operation, so we  
had a pint, and the barman pointed out the corner of the bar where  
The Who would hang out. The urinals there are etched in my memory as  
possessing the most unbelievable smell I've ever encountered in a  
rest room...decades of various substances flowing into the cracks in  
the grout...use your imagination.  The performance space was  
downstairs, and was just an empty room with plywood sheets resting on  
milk crates for a stage...the plywood and crates were the only thing  
in the room.  And yes, standing on the plywood, the ceiling was very  
low.  My imagination ran overtime trying to imagine not only The Who  
playing but Stamp and Lambert there filming, etc. etc.

I went back after the December '99 Shepherd's Bush shows, and it had  
been boarded up, with graffiti here and there.  Took a few grainy  
pictures.  Not too long after, it burned down, probably because of  
bums setting fires trying to stay warm.  I've often wondered whether  
my pix are the last ever taken of it.

Alan McKendree
"the average Texan...carries not just a gun but a SHOTGUN."  --Pete  
Townshend, 1967

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