Friday night I sat down and watched the film ‘Quadrophenia‘ with my eleven year old son. I had to explain the Mod and Rocker thing to him and that these seaside events did actually happen. I would not explain the Leslie Ash thing though to him. Next day we were in what was the London Marquee Club on Charing Cross Road, now a pub where we stopped off to eat. All the walls were decked with mementos to the premises famous history. He clocked The Who poster above us and said that’s who wrote the music to Quadrophenia, I was impressed.
Along with the film The BBC decided to show an insight to Pete Townshend and what inspired him to write what was essentially a ‘rock opera’. This was in fact a real good watch with it all over it seemed after a few minutes. Even though this was not as globally well-known as ‘Tommy‘, for me this collection of songs was the band at the height of it’s musical statue. I can not remember the social climate this piece of music was written in or the youth culture that it spawned which was fascinating, due to being only in the infants school and a sandpit was far more fun then.