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Peter Townshend Signed Photo “The Who” – COA JSA
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Pete Townshend was the driving force behind The Who, one of the most successful and influential British rock groups of the 1960’s. In his early days, Townshend was famous for his windmill approach to power chords and for smashing his guitar at the end of performances. Townshend has since been recognized as one of the more skilled songwriters in the business. The musical great signed this famous “bloody hand” photo in blue felt tip (“7-8”). The 8×10 photo is affixed within an 11×14 matte.
The story behind the bloody hand photo: In the spring of 1980, Annie Leibovitz traveled with the Who for a few days and readied a studio around the corner from one of the shows in Oakland, California. The idea, Townshend remembers, was to have him arrive “drenched in sweat and still shaking from the exertion of the gig.” But once Leibovitz noticed his bleeding hand, she became transfixed.
“By the time we got to start taking pictures, the blood was badly congealed,” says Townshend. “Annie got me to swing my arm afresh to generate more blood. Then she actually found some fake blood and added a little to create the runny effect. But I have to say, my hand was a fucking mess before she started to embellish it.”
Also included for added value, is an original 1982 The Who Backstage Pass.
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