Can You See The Real Me (The Who)

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2012 Documentary of the Year “Can You See The Real Me” – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards (The Who)

Pete Townshend leads us on a trip back to the early 1970s and the making of the rock opera Quadrophenia. Featuring Jimmy the Mod, a double schizophrenic reflecting the personalities of all four Who members, the album was fraught in the making, as Roger Daltrey and other contemporaries vividly testify. A workaholic focused with laser intensity on his vision, Townshend’s stress levels spiked when his producer’s heroin habit became all consuming. A range of fascinating anecdotes help bring to life the album’s subject, the mod scene of early ’60s Britain, where style prevailed over substance. The album’s completion hardly brought the relief it should have, as the band immediately set off on a disastrous American tour, featuring Keith Moon on elephant tranquilizers. Nevertheless, Quadrophenia was critically acclaimed, and Townshend looks back with pride: “We never really ever made a truly great album again.” (Carol Nahra, Sheffield Doc/Fest)