The Who’s rock opera Tommy was a game-changer for rock ’n’ roll when it came out in 1969. Rock had never heard something quite so ambitious (if a little incoherent) as guitarist-composer Pete Townsend’s sprawling story of a young boy shocked into becoming “deaf, dumb and blind” only to emerge as a pinball-playing messiah. The Who performed it at the Met, and Townsend later turned it into a Broadway musical. But even in his wildest dreams, he couldn’t have foreseen director Ken Russell’s wild technicolor acid trip musical version, with Oliver Reed as the stepdad, Ann-Margret as the mother driven mad, and curly-haired Who singer Roger Daltrey as the cut young messiah. Cameos provide some of the best moments, including Elton John’s jealous, giant-booted Pinball Wizard rival and Tina Turner as the predatory Acid Queen.
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