Tommy at 50 is the definitive, illustrated guide to The Who’s legendary rock opera album Tommy, released to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Rock legend Pete Townshend provides the forward and interviews throughout the retrospective, which showcases original art and rare photos.
Acclaimed music journalist, The Who expert and The Who memorabilia collector, and friend of the band Chris Charlesworth has teamed up with Mike McInnerney, artist for Tommy’s original album cover, to present the definitive illustrated guide to Tommy commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the album’s 1969 release. The retrospective, Tommy at 50: The Mood, the Music, the Look, and the Legacy of The Who’s Legendary Rock Opera, features a foreword by The Who’s Pete Townshend as well as eye-opening, behind the scenes content, two hundred color photos, and original art from the album’s case.
Tommy at Fifty is the ultimate guide to The Who’s defining work – one of the greatest rock albums of all time. The book includes contributions from key figures in the band’s story and a wealth of striking and rarely seen artwork. Tommy at Fifty considers the album Tommy from four distinct angles, examining the mood and attitudes of both the band members and the changing cultural landscape of the ’60s that inspired the work, the origins and content of its music and the friendships and personal influences behind the scenes, the look of its iconic artwork, and the album’s enduring legacy.
An insightful guide and collector’s edition volume for all fans of The Who, Tommy at 50 offers an unparalleled window into The Who’s finest hour.