Who: The Kids Are Alright

Who: The Kids Are Alright

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Director: Jeff Stein

Cast: Jeff Stein, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle


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The classic rock group The Who are featured in this 1979 documentary about the career of the group. It is enhanced by rare footage of the performers, including a television interview with the later-deceased Keith Moon. Highlights include footage from many of the band's early performances. Among the many songs featured are "Magic Bus," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "My… See more details below


The classic rock group The Who are featured in this 1979 documentary about the career of the group. It is enhanced by rare footage of the performers, including a television interview with the later-deceased Keith Moon. Highlights include footage from many of the band's early performances. Among the many songs featured are "Magic Bus," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "My Generation," "Young Man's Blues," "Happy Jack," and excerpts from the innovative rock-opera Tommy.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Twenty-year-old Who fan Jeff Stein had a dream -- to create the ultimate rock film on the most explosive rock & roll band in history. With unprecedented help from British gents and five years of digging through reel after reel of footage, Stein's dream became a reality and, in 1979, The Kids Are Alright premiered in theaters to raucous fans around the globe. Filled with wild television appearances and searing concert footage spanning 15 years of their career, the film traces the growth of the Who's early destructive years through their artistic Tommy days and eventually to the pinnacle rock album Who's Next era. Starting off with the legendary guest spot on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (where Townsend apparently lost the first bit of his hearing from fireworks blasted from Keith Moon's bass drum) and ending with the special Shepperton Studios gig filmed especially for the production, the clips bounce back and forth through time as you view both the band's musical and visual style change from their initial mod days to the hardened and worn veterans seen by the end of the film. At the time of release, the highlight was undoubtedly their infamous version of "A Quick One" from the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus -- then still unreleased, as ordered by the reportedly embarrassed and shown-up Stones at the time. (Truncated versions of this segment would not appear on home video for years, until Pioneer restored and reframed it with their amazing Kids Are Alright DVD in 2003.) Other spotlighted moments include brief skits Ringo Starr drunkenly joking around with Moon and a glorious archived bit with an enraged Ken Russell relating the Who's rock & roll movement to the insipid and decadent English culture of the time. In the end, the film is a testimonial to the group's initial lineup which remained intact given their chaotic personalities and various changes in modern rock music and cultural climates. Sadly, the film became the final capper for Moon, who tragically died just days after screening the film. In fact, their Shepperton footage marks the last time the band performed together with its original lineup. Their final rousing and blistering version of "Won't Get Fooled Again" couldn't have been a better send-off, as the track comes out of the gate aggressively and crescendos in a visually stunning laser light display before the song howls and rages to its feverish and feedback-laden climax. Stein most assuredly achieved his goal, for the film embodies whom and what the band was and cements its memory forever in the annals of rock music. Long live rock.

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Sanctuary Records

Special Features

Interviews with Roger Daltrey and director Jeff Stein; Full-length audio commentary; Never-before-released footage; Multiple camera angles; Isolated John Entwistle audio track; Documentary look at the Restoration; Video/audio showdown: Old Vs. New; Games; Slide show; 5.1 mix of the album version of "Who are You"; Collectable 32-page booklet; On-screen liner notes and subtitles; Hidden features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pete Townshend Actor
Roger Daltrey Actor
John Entwistle Actor
Keith Moon Actor
Rick Danko Actor
Steve Martin Actor
Keith Richards Actor
Tom Smothers Actor
Ringo Starr Actor
Who Participant
Russell Harty Participant
Melvyn Bragg Participant

Technical Credits
Jeff Stein Director,Associate Producer,Screenwriter
John Albarian Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Roger Daltrey Score Composer
John Entwistle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Zoran Hochstätter Cinematographer
Tony Klinger Producer
Keith Moon Score Composer
Peter Price Production Manager
Partick Rand Editor
Richard Evans Art Director
Tony Richmond Cinematographer
Sydney Rose Executive Producer
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Ed Rothkowitz Associate Producer,Editor
Pete Townshend Score Composer
Tim Van Rellim Production Manager
Norman Wexler Cinematographer
Who Score Composer,Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Who: The Kids Are Alright
1. My Generation [5:39]
2. I Can't Explain [2:30]
3. Russell Harty #1 [1:03]
4. Baba O'Riley [5:18]
5. Shout and Shimmy [2:03]
6. Russell Harty #2 [1:08]
7. Young Man Blues [3:43]
8. Melvin Bragg #1 [1:14]
9. Drum Kit Mayhem [:26]
10. The Keith Ringo Knows? [1:15]
11. Tommy Can You Hear Me? [1:32]
12. Ringo & Keith: On Roger [:34]
13. Pinball Wizard [2:25]
14. Ummm... Jah [:49]
15. See Me, Feel Me [5:12]
16. Melvin Bragg #2 [:33]
17. My Generation Conclusion [2:17]
18. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere [2:55]
19. Russell Harty #3 [:29]
20. Success Story [1:32]
21. Pete: On the Beatles [:35]
22. Substitute, Pictures of Lily, Magic Bus [4:46]
23. Happy Jack [2:40]
24. Melvin Bragg #3 [1:48]
25. A Quick One [7:43]
26. A Circus Act? [:45]
27. Ringo & Keith: Joining the Who [:50]
28. Cobwebs and Strange [2:44]
29. Russell Harty #4 [1:32]
30. Ringo & Keith: On Pete [:38]
31. Pete: On Doing His Job [:45]
32. Sparks [4:38]
33. Barbara Ann [3:00]
34. Roadrunner! My Generation Blues [5:13]
35. Pete: The Power of Volume [1:09]
36. Russell Harty #5 [1:48]
37. Who Are You [5:11]
38. Russell Harty #6 [1:11]
39. My Generation [3:50]
40. Final Words [:56]
41. Won't Get Fooled Again [9:11]
42. Long Live Rock [3:55]
Disc #2 -- The Who: The Kids Are Alright
1. Whe Did You First Hear The Who? [:30]
2. When Did You First See Them Live? [2:07]
3. Why Did You Want to Make The Kids Are Alright? [2:54]
4. How and When Did You Convince Them to Let You Make It? [1:17]
5. What In Particular Convinced the Band to Let You Make the Film? [2:09]
6. Was There Concern That You Were a First Time Filmmaker? [1:11]
7. Did Pete Offer You Any Advice? [1:02]
8. How Did You Come Up With the Funding? [1:20]
9. What Were Some of Your Fondest Memories While Making the Film? [2:59]
10. How Did You Compile All of the Material For the Film? [3:47]
11. At First Pete Didn't Want to Film Any New Live Material. Why Do You Think That Was So? [:55]
12. You Shot Their Performances at Kilburn, Yet Nothing Was Used From It. What Happened? [:58]
13. What Was the Meeting Like When You Asked the Band to Perform Again at Shepperton? [1:01]
14. Why Was It So Important to Have a New Performance From the Band? [1:00]
15. Did You Get What You Wanted From the Shepperton Performance? [2:01]
16. Tell Us About the Premiere. [2:25]
17. How Did Your Relationship Change as You Moved From Fan to Filmmmaker? [1:37]

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