'Lambert And Stamp': The Story Of The Men Who Helped Make The Who

April 2, 2015 9:03 PM

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The novelty of Lambert & Stamp comes from the fact that it is a rock-n-roll documentary about band managers. Aren't they the ones who are supposed to quell the excesses of their outsized clients? Not Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. If anything, according to first-time director James D. Cooper's film, the duo pushed the band they managed into the extravagant nuttiness it would become known for. Since that band was The Who, the story of Lambert and Stamp retroactively becomes particularly fascinating, even if the film celebrating them never rocks as hard as it could.

As observers of Britain's Mod scene in the 1960s and students of the French New Wave, artist chums Lambert and Stamp had hatched a plan to make a film about their favorite subculture (tailored suits, all-night clubbing) via its soundtrack. They wanted to follow a London band's rise to fame, and that...

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