A band for whom little formal introduction is truly necessary, The Who revolutionized the British mod rock landscape with the December 3, 1965 release of My Generation, an era-defining classic and potent debut studio album widely considered one of the greatest of all time with its stuttered teen snarl and amphetamine-fueled aggression ever committed to vinyl.
Beyond its bombastic title track, the breakout record would also tame favorites like "The Kids Are Alright" and "A Legal Matter" among others which herald a historic significance as poignantly contextualized by former Rolling Stone music editor and journalist Mark Kemp who notes, "With its ferocious blend of grungy distortion, rumbling bass and percussion, and brutish vocals, 'The Who Sings My Generation' [the album's alternative title established upon its later U.S. release] became the blueprint for much of the subsequent garage rock, heavy metal and punk. In contrast to debut albums from The Rolling Stones (whose take on Southern American rock & soul was fairly earnest) and The Beatles (who spread the word of rock & roll through sweet harmonies and easily digestible melodies), ‘My Generation’ positively shoved at the boundaries of popular music."
Over a half-century later, The Who's seismic impact on music culture remains steadfast as Morrison Hotel Gallery pays homage with a comprehensive collection of fine art imagery underscoring the winding lives and legacies of core group masterminds. To inquire about adding these or other iconic photographs from our extensive archive, please consult your local MHG sales associate.