The Who: The Kids Are Alright (1979)

The Who: The Kids Are Alright

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The classic rock group The Who are featured in this 1979 documentary about the career of the group. It is enhanced by rare footage of the performers, including a television interview with the later-deceased Keith Moon. Highlights include footage from many of the band's early performances. Among the many songs featured are "Magic Bus," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "My Generation," "Young Man's Blues," "Happy Jack," and excerpts from the innovative rock-opera Tommy. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
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Critic Reviews for The Who: The Kids Are Alright

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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November 13, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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... a scrappy, vibrant musical portrait painted in the bold colors of rock itself: impassioned lyrics, power chords, crashing drums and smashing guitars.

Full Review… | October 26, 2008
Seanax.com

I can't explain, so you'll just have to tune into "My Generation" to get the Who's status as one of the all-time great bands.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005

This is not a film about rock'n roll, it is rock'n roll.

Full Review… | October 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Who: The Kids Are Alright

A cracking compilation of archive interview and performance footage of The Who. This type of thing usually gets no further than preaching to the converted, but "The Kids Are Alright" is exceptional in that it could just turn you on to a band you might previously have been ambivalent about. What is abundantly clear to anyone is that they were an awesome live act, comprised of the best rock bassist, perhaps the best drummer and one of the most original songwriters of the era. Oh, and Roger Daltrey. The downside is that the interview footage is not especially illuminating. John Entwistle is largely reticent and Keith Moon hides behind his genial twit facade, but Daltrey manages to drop a few pearls of honest, no-nonsense wisdom. Pete Townshend comes across as a fascinating character, alternately self-effacing, jokey or pompous depending on how highbrow the interview is. My highlight was watching them record "Who Are You?" in the studio.

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