Lambert & Stamp - film review

Sorting through the archives like a wader bird trawling backwaters, Lambert & Stamp is a documentary about the dazzling duo - dazzlingly unlikely - who managed The Who. Kit Lambert, composer's son, ex-public schoolboy, was gay, posh and rock-mesmerised. Chris Stamp, Terence's younger bro, was a dashing working-class goer. Between them they decided that an unknown, unsexy-looking bunch of pop primitives, first spotted in a grungy tavern, would be big-time chart-toppers.

Both men have now passed on to the celestial rock school, though Stamp's demise (2012) goes unmentioned. That's probably because he's the anchoring voice here, expatiating on Pete, Rodge, Keith, guitar-smashing, drugs and above all Kit. Precious, chain-smoking, joli laid, Kit is seen in footage now so old he resembles a young Gustav von Aschenbach rehearsing for Death in Little Venice. It's a fascinating movie - assuming you like your nostalgia as funky, tangy and quietly addictive as nicotine.

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