The princes of Pop Art pose somewhere in the U.S. or Canada during the summer of 1967, amid their 10-week tour supporting Herman's Hermits.
Portraits of The Who
Clearly, many photos have been taken of this band. Maybe you took some yourself! The Getty archives are filled with stunning in-concert images of The Who, instruments in mid-destruction, speaker cabinets in mid-drilling, bodies in mid-air. You've seen and heard Leeds, Hull, Wight, Woodstock, Monterey and The Smothers Brothers Show, so you know what I mean.
You've also seen dozens of posed images of these geezers, too. This band sells a lot of compilations, and there's only so many stand-up pictures the trained marketing monkeys can slap on a disc cover, right? Well, think again.
Just as there are alternate takes of songs, there are alternate frames of photos, and some shooters have shared these outtakes. A few creative bootleggers snuck some of these onto their wares, but many haven't see much daylight since the negatives were developed. It's time they felt some love, too.
The slideshows have been separated into specific photo shoots when possible, to give you a feel of the exact moments -- the mood -- when The Who posed. The rest have been gathered into a single, large slideshow that, while long and far-ranging, may help you gain chronological sense of the band's development. Fresh, young faces become veterans of the stage, screen, music industry and life in general by the mid-70s.
Click through the slideshows and see how many images you've never seen before, or how many seem familiar but still somehow different than what you remember.