What else can you say about Tommy? Well, if you are a diehard classic rock fan, then this documentary endeavours to be all you really need to know about The Who‘s famous rock opera. And the documentary certainly spares no detail in getting the story right. Interviews with survivors who were instrumental the creation of the album – Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Chris Stamp (ex-manager), Bob Pridden (sound engineer), Mike McInnerney (cover artist) – provide the historical background for how the album came about, the individual tracks themselves and the post-release impact.
It’s difficult to imagine the relevance of Tommy to the kids of today, whose grandparents were old enough to experience Tommy first hand and thus, this documentary is probably more relevant to fans of The Who and less of casual interest to a young music lover. Which is a pity, because when one listens to the pop music today, something like Tommy seems light years away in terms of artistic and cultural significance. But hopefully, its existence will create new fans and musicians to continue to carry on the torch once lit by bands like The Who.