James D. Cooper Sheds Light on Who Managers in ‘Lambert & Stamp’
(l-r) Pete Townshend and Kit Lambert featured in James D. Cooper's docu "Lambert & Stamp." ©Tom Wright/Sony Pictures. CR: Tom Wright.

(l-r) Pete Townshend and Kit Lambert featured in James D. Cooper’s docu “Lambert & Stamp.” ©Tom Wright/Sony Pictures. CR: Tom Wright.

By ANGELA DAWSON

Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—Few film documentaries tell the story of documentary filmmakers. The story of Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, British filmmakers who in the Swingin’ Sixties approached an up-and-coming band called The High Numbers (which became The Who) to illustrate the underground music scene brewing in London at the time, was irresistible to filmmaker/musician James D. Cooper. Lambert and Stamp filmed the rock and roll quartet at London’s underground clubs but never made a film. Instead, they became the band’s managers and producers.

The resulting documentary, “Lambert & Stamp,” tells the story of the flamboyant, odd couple, who used their powers of persuasion and boundless energy to shape The Who (Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwistle).

The film features interviews with Chris Stamp (shot in 2005), lead vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend as well as Stamp’s brother, actor Terence Stamp, Roger’s wife Heather Daltrey, and others that were part of the duo’s inner circle.

A musician as well as a filmmaker, Cooper takes audiences on a surprising ride of two mercurial and enigmatic artists/businessmen who shaped one of the most exciting rock bands of all time. His debut film also examines the sensitive and frightening bonds that make it possible to create.

Sitting down one morning for an interview at a tony Beverly Hills Hotel, Cooper explained how and why he made the documentary. (Lambert died in 1981; Stamp died in 2012).

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