Main Plot Points:
- Early 1960s London: the postwar generation who grew up playing in air raid shelters and bomb sites is detonating a youth rebellion that brings Hesiod’s words back to life. At London’s Shepperton Studios, two young 2nd assistant directors compare notes on film, music, and frustrated ambitions, forging an unlikely friendship and collaboration that leaves an indelible mark on pop music and culture of the ‘60s and beyond.
- KIT LAMBERT and CHRIS STAMP, aspiring filmmakers, set out to make a cinema vérité documentary about the mod world of rock and roll, but sidetracked instead into managing and developing the sonic powerhouse that came to be called THE WHO. Their gorgeously propulsive footage—the rock documentary that was never completed—lays a foundation for director JAMES D. COOPER’s kaleidoscopic study of an era and a rare friendship’s creative bond. Present-day interviews with the surviving principals, now grown older, reflect thoughtfully on their relationships and life trajectories.
What We Thought:
- Lambert & Stamp is a really good rock doc especially for fans of The Who.
- The documentary tells the story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert as they went from nobodies to managers of The Who and millionaires. It’s a pretty fascinating story.
- Kit was the son of a composer. He went to Oxford, came from an upper background. He found a kindred spirit in Chris (brother of actor Terence Stamp) he was polar opposite of Kit. Chris was a filmmaker or at least wanted to be a filmmaker.
- That’s where their journey began, wanting to make a film about themselves and a band. That band ended up being one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who. They filmed everything and the documentary has some amazing footage and photos.
- Not only do you learn a lot about Stamp and Lambert, but about Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, Keith Moon and John Entwistle. You see Townsend grow into a legendary song writer and composer. You see Daltrey become an iconic lead singer. You see Moon the Loon and the underappreciated Entwistle on bass.
- It’s all a crazy story, something you would have seen in VH1’s Behind the Music. Lambert was gay in a time when it was illegal in England, he got into drugs and a lavish lifestyle. He and Stamp would eventually have a falling out with the band especially when their record label put out hit songs by other artists.
- I really didn’t know much about the story behind Lambert & Stamp and I’m glad I saw the film. It’s about 15 minutes too long, but overall I definitely recommend it. You learn about post-war England, two guys who wanted to be big and how one of the greatest bands of all time came to be.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Pete Townsend
- Roger Daltrey
- Terence Stamp
Recommended if You Like:
- Rock Docs
- The Who
- British History
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