Friday, 26 June 2015

Friday is Rock'n'Roll #London Day: Welcome Wholigans #TheWho

Adam writes…

This week I've been in the company of London Walkers who were visiting our city to see Fleetwood Mac at the O2. Resounding great reviews all round from our London Walkers.

Yesterday I met my first Who fans of the week. They were joining us on London Walks having arrived in town to make a weekend of it – The Who headline Hyde Park tonight.

Here's a post in honour of our visiting Wholigans (see also last week's post on pie & mash at Cooke's on the Goldhawk Road) and in tribute to West London's finest wishing them well with their farewell tour…

The Great London Sleeves… Just as the gritty alley on The Clash’s debut album introduced the band as outlaw punks, so too does The Who’s debut sleeve send a clear signal of intent.

Shot by David Wedgbury at Surrey Docks, Rotherhithe in November 1965, the placement of the band amid oil drums suggests that flammable material can be found on the record. An apt metaphor for not just My Generation, but for The Who’s long, loud, explosive career.

The area today is Surrey Quays (with its own station on the Jubilee Line extension) a largely residential area.

The band had already worked with Wedgbury, back in March of the same year, and it is a shot from that earlier session that adorns the U.S version of the sleeve (below).

The next issue of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine will star The Who. Here's a preview of the cover…

… and a peek at a sketchbook draft of Moon the Loon…

And here's our Rock'n'Roll London film…

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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