LAMBERT AND STAMP

JAMES D. COOPER

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Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp were a pair of Swinging London chancers from differing backgrounds who met at Shepperton Studios in the early 1960s. Acknowledging their shared love of the French New Wave, their ambition was to make an epic cinéma vérité documentary about a rock band rising to fame. They set out to find their subject and discovered The Who. Despite having no money, few connections and little knowledge of the rock business, Lambert and Stamp hustled the band into making them their managers. The rest is a history that’s recounted brilliantly here in James D. Cooper’s wildly entertaining documentary, featuring precious footage of The Who, belting tunes from their incomparable repertoire and open testimony from eye witnesses and the surviving members of the band, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. While Chris Stamp lived long enough to tell his fascinating tale here, passing in 2012 before the film was finished, Kit Lambert is represented by great archive snippets, having died in 1981.

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116 minutes. U.K., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

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