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The Who • Rock Opera
Fillmore East Theater

This is an early sketch for The Who’s rock opera TOMMY, first performed dazzlingly at the Fillmore East in 1968. I wish I had developed this idea further. I never show the final poster for the show as it is pretty much a complete failure in every possible way. Therefore you will never see it on this website! Sometimes you just blow the big ones, and I certainly did blow this job. I cannot even bear to look at the final poster because it is such an amateurish piece of bad art — I could use it in a lecture on What Not To Do When Designing a Poster. I cannot blame it on my youth, but I will! Joshua White likes it for obvious reasons . . .

Pencil on tracing paper.

Tommy at the Fillmore