THE Who are bieng featured in an photography exhibition at St Leonards gallery celebrating 50 years since the formation of the band
The exhibit at the Lucy Bell Gallery will feature rare photos taken by veteran photographer Colin Jones who was commissioned by The Observer national newspaper in 1966 to document the life of the band for a month.
Colin, who was born in 1936, got his first camera during the Second world war when he was on tour in Japan and in 1962 he began working as a photographer for the Observer , going on to become one of the UK’s most celebrated and prolific photographers.
Talking about the moment he first met the Who, Colin said: “They were sitting in this nighclub, some place without a license, and on the table there were bottles of Rosé wine and they ordering more and more. They got pretty drunk and I got quite drunk too. They were suppose to be playing a gig at 7.00 and by this time they were very drunk, and then they were do another one at 10.00. They did the first gig and then they went back to the club and they were out of it. They were suppose to get to get the other gig but they were too drunk and they didn’t show up.”
The orginal Who’s line-up included lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon, and the band are regarded as one of Britians most important bands along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Colin met the band when they were in their formative years and and he recalls how John Entwistle, who died of an overdose in an Las Vegas hotel room in 200, was the “clean living one” of the band. “When I met him butter wouuldn’t melt in his mouth,” Colin added.
Colin spemt a month capturing candid and intimate shots of the The Who and said that he was able to do so because he gained their trust.
“I suppose the trust youIt was hard with the who because the were so outrageous,” he added.
Joining the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who played the Hastings Pier, which was a major music venue during the 1960s, four times between December 1965 and July 1967. Colin said: “Hastings sounds like them, there sort of place. The Who 1066/Colin Jones exhibition is showing at the Lucy Bell Gallery, Norman Road, March 19 to May 10. For more information visit www.lucy-bell.com.