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The Who and Eagle Rock Entertainment are releasing a DVD titled Sensation: The Story of Tommy on March 11th. The documentary chronicles the creation of the band's historic, double-album rock opera, which was conceived when the group was at a crossroads creatively, with chief songwriter Pete Townshend particularly concerned about retaining the band's success while taking rock music to a new level.


During a 1967 interview with Melody Maker, Townshend said, "I’m worried because once pop was progressing and now it’s static. The 13-year-old kids who want to dance have to go to their local groups who play last year’s Beatles hits because they can’t play today’s music…" 

  • He added, "They are good pop groups who go out and entertain, but who will they turn to when they want to hear something better? I think they might go into blues, or modern jazz or even -- dreadful thought -- traditional jazz." 
  • Despite the risk of releasing a "rock opera" -- an unknown term at the time -- Tommy went on to sell more than 20 million copies, spawn stage and film adaptations, and receive induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. 


  • Sensation: The Story of Tommy was made with the band's full cooperation and was directed by Martin Smith.
  • Included in the DVD are interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, along with archival interviews from the late Jon Entwistle, contributions from engineer Bob Pridden and artwork from Mike McInnerney.

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