27 August 2012 5:30 PM, PDT | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Steve Dollar

Against all expectations—only half of them died before they got old—The Who are invading America again this fall, with a 37-city tour of their 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia. Announcing the news, Pete Townshend, his hearing diminished if not his troublemaking tongue, complemented Mick Jagger on his 'huge and extremely tasty' penis and taunted Bruce Springsteen for playing hillbilly music, although I'm sure no one has lost any sleep over it.

Though it's arguably the stronger work, at once more visceral and majestic, Quadrophenia has always been overshadowed by the symphonic and psychedelic Tommy—in vinyl and on screen, where Ann-Margret writhed in orgasmic excess amid a flood of baked beans, courtesy of the never-sedate Ken Russell. But 40 years later, the story of a speed-addled, socially maladjusted, rampaging Mod named Jimmy—his personality splintered four ways (just like the Who!)—sustains its relevance: It's rock'n'roll's great angry young man saga, »

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