Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Director: James D
Starring: Kit Lambert,Roger Daltrey,Pete Townshend
Genres: Music, Documentary
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating: R (Restricted)
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In LAMBERT & STAMP two filmmakers set out to find a subject for their movie, leading them to discover and manage the iconic band THE WHO.
An exciting, warm and compelling story
I saw this movie in NYC and knew only bits and pieces of the storybeforehand. The historical footage is astounding, as is the soundtrack.The interviews with Chris Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend andTerence Stamp (among others) added authenticity and tremendous depth tothe story. While the story is overwhelmingly about the history of theformation and germination of the Who and the Mod movement, the sidestories about Jimi Hendrix and his arrival in London, about the angstthat was present in post-WWII England, about the facade of financialsuccess and upbringing that drove access to goods, services and creditin 1960s London…those are the pieces of the film that give it suchdepth. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes the Who,to anyone who likes learning about the early days of rock leading up tothe British Invasion, to anyone who likes stories of success, failureand recovery and to anyone who doubts that great things can beaccomplished with a lot of luck, hard work, imagination andperseverance.
A Journey of the Heart!
This film will draw you in and touch your heart as it exposes what itmeans to live your dreams. A beautiful exploration of the visions andfires that brought the legendary band, The Who into being. Two youngmen from different beginnings find a common vision to create and breakfree from their origins. The charming and bold duo, Chris Stamp and KitLambert, remind us what it is to be young and believe in no limits.Genius and madness mix as six incredible talents come together andinspire generations through the universal language of music. In a braveundertaking, director James D. Cooper elicits poignant and fascinatinginterviews from those who remember this incredible journey. Hisconnection and understanding of these men keeps us engaged and wantingmore. It is a universal story of passion and frailty. The lyricalediting and incredible soundtrack complete the picture leaving theaudience satisfied and hungering at the same time. A film that willstay with you long after you leave the theatre.
The best film of the year "Lambert & Stamp"
"Lambert & Stamp"rocks your soul, moves your heart, captures yourattention with raw, authentic and vibrant communications between rockicons and visionary wizard managers opening their hearts and history ina never-seen-before transparent way. Chris Stamp & Kit Lambert arepioneers in the music world and initiators of the first UK independentrecord label "Track Records". The magic of their co-creation, THE WHO,Jimi Hendrix, Thunderclap Newman, Arthur Brown and more. Director JamesD. Cooper was the only film maker trusted to make this film. ProducerLoretta Harms dedicated 10 years of her life holding the privatelyfinanced, sacred, creative flow of this extraordinary film. Oscarnominated Hollywood Film editor Chris Tellefsen did a vibrant job ofediting the film brilliantly.A work of art!!!! A must see!!!
In depth with the faces that mattered.
You can not take your attention away from this once it starts, it justrolls on and on from one predicament to another. The insight of a veryhard working relationship with in the band The Who. Personalities,indulgences, the ideas and heart beat with in the band. Lambert and Kithad never managed a band before and the band where right at thebeginnings of being a band. This film shows how it all merged and wentalong. The creativity, the action, the road to total out of control ofmoney, drink and drugs, in amongst trying to be business men, plus arock opera thrown in and travelling all over the World. Winning andlosing, the make ups and the breakdowns. Kit and Lambert where adriving force at one time but the chaos that developed between Moon,Townshend, Entwhistle and Daltery became unrepairable as the overindulgences and money just got bigger and bigger., until things had tochange for good.
Lambert & Stamp
Such a wonderful documentary film which totally captivated me fromstart to finish. The most fascinating story behind the Who is that ofChris Stamp & Kit Lambert. Just brilliant who knew what went on behindthe scenes in the discovery, management and success of THE WHO BAND! Tosee all the footage from the late 1960’s Mod explosion, the dynamicsand energy from Chris, Kit and the rock’ n roll band was all soemotionally moving. You walk away experiencing the evolution of a bandfeeling their vision, passion, determination and hard work. I can’twait to see it again and I recommend it to all! A film not to miss!Keep your eye out it will be coming to a theater near you!
A great documentary about two unlikely friends & even more unlikely band managers
I found this documentary fascinating and on many levels. Chris Stampseems like an amazing man, his energy leaps off the screen, and theediting is such that you really feel in the time of the discovery andlaunching of The Who with all of the craziness. The film is fun towatch and there is a tidbit in there about the early days of a band weall know that is, by itself, worth watching the whole movie. I’m goingto see it again because the editing is the visual representation ofwhat is being said by the interviewees and there’s so much worth asecond look that goes by quickly. My wife loved it, too. It’s not oftenyou get to see a documentary that is as real and relaxed and worthwatching as "Lambert Stamp."
The human spirit of creating
It had me and my friends talking for an hour after the movie, marvelingat the feats and actions of two young men with a dream. The dedication,commitment, creativity and audacity of these two men was astounding.Amazing characters, better than a novel, and true life. The move is afascinating story, that is real, about how creativity, naivety andspontaneity can triumph. And, a morality play of how personalities andexcess can lead to destruction. The interviews with Chris Stamp, PeteTownshend, Roger Daltry, Terrence Stamp and others are captivating.Character development,par excellence. It was also a cool glimpse intothe Mod time of the 60s in London.
A can’t-miss for fans of the Who and of rock music history
"Lambert & Stamp" (2014 release; 117 min.) is a documentary about KitLambert and Chris Stamp, 2 Brits best known for managing the Who forabout a decade (mid-60s to mid-70s). As the documentary opens and aftera few words from Pete Townsend, we are introduced to Chris Stamp, whostarts telling stories of how t all began, him and Lambert in the early60s trying to make the jump from assistant director to director. Oneday, they decide to shoot a movie, cinema verite-style, about anunknown band that they would manage. After looking for months for theright band, Lambert comes across a packed club full of Mods, dancing toan unknown band call the High Numbers. To tell you more would spoilyour viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how itall plays out.
There are several factors why this is such an entertaining documentary:for one, it’s a great story, I mean you can’t make this stuff up! Thenwe are blessed to have the interviews with Chris Stamp, who turns outto be a master story teller (other interviewees include Pete Townsend,Roger and Heather Daltrey, and many others). Then we have theincredible luck that these guys were trying to shoot a movie, and hencewe have all this incredible footage from the earliest days of the HighNumbers/the Who (1964-65), and that alone is worth the price ofadmission for this documentary. There is tons of other worthwhilearchive footage, such as the 1967 French TV footage, where we seeLambert give an interview in perfect French. We reach the "Tommy"-eraabout 75 min. into the movie, and I was afraid that things were goingto become less interesting after that, but as it turns out, that’swhere the fireworks are about to start… As a casual fan of the Whobut an ardent fan of rock music and its history, I found thisdocumentary absolutely worth seeing. The only negative comment that Ihave is that for some strange reason, the sound mix in the theater wassuch that at times the background music (usually of the Who) played tooloudly and as a result I had trouble understanding the interviewee attimes. Very strange.
"Lambert & Stamp" opened last weekend at my local art-house theaterhere in Cincinnati, and I finally had a chance to see it today, whichis the last day of its one-week run here. The early evening screeningwhere I saw this at was surprisingly well attended. Probably othermovie or music fans who noticed it would not longer be playing. If youare a fan of the Who or of rock music history, you will not want tomiss this. "Lambert & Stamp" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This is one documentary you don’t want to miss out on.
We’ve seen our number of music documentaries over the years. We’ve evenseen quite a big number of music documentaries concerning the iconicband ‘The Who’. Showcasing their music, films, and bandmates, I thoughtthere was nothing left to tell about ‘The Who’, but I was wrong. Thisdocumentary by James D. Cooper and expertly edited by ChristopherTellefsen, tells a story from a different point of view on ‘The Who’,specifically from Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, hence the title ‘Lambert& Stamp’. It’s an excellent and intriguing story of two men from verydifferent backgrounds who were responsible for ‘The Who’.
Flush with tons of amazing archival footage of the band, the concerts,the behind the scenes, and new interviews with the remaining members ofthe band and close cohorts and family, ‘Lambert & Stamp’ is a fun andinformative two hours. Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp were so involved andinfluential to the success of ‘The Who’, they are considered by Daltreyand Townshend as the "5th and 6th" members of the band. The oneunfortunate thing about this documentary is that a few people havedied, who were no here to give their side of the story. Mostimportantly, Kit Lambert, who died back in 1981 was not on hand to talkabout the rise of ‘The Who’. Neither was John Entwistle or Keith Moon,who have been dead for a number of years now. And even though ChrisStamp died only a couple of years ago, this documentary was shot beforehis death, thus we receive his very powerful and energetic account ofmemories and stories throughout the entire film.
From time to time, Townshend and Daltrey discuss what they went throughduring the early years. But the story of ‘The Who’ is a unique one,because nobody wanted or even thought this band would be as big andinfluential as it was today. In fact, we find out that Kit Lambert (aposh and very wealthy son of a classical composer in high society) andChris Stamp (a son of a tug boat captain who was known for fightingaround town) met each other while working on a studio lot for film.Lambert and Stamp’s passion were both in filmmaking and thought that ifthey could find a band, they could make a documentary about them, whichwould be their stepping stone to making bigger feature movies.
They found a group of guys who thought playing music was fun, but not along term thing. So from being called the ‘High Numbers’ to ‘The Who’,things definitely changed, as the young British kids took to thedifferent style of music ‘The Who’ was creating like a duck to water.It even gave Lambert and Stamp to talk about live on television thechanging times in a political and social setting, all the whilepromoting ‘The Who’. We also find out that Lambert and Stamp prettymuch operated on no money up until ‘Tommy’ was released, and it’s greatto hear the band members discuss what was like during this time. Ofcourse there were some dark times too, which led to some professionalbreakups and even drug related deaths.
But it’s with the recent interviews with Chris Stamp that keeps thingsjovial and full of life, as he discusses intimate and fun adventuresthroughout his young life, running this band. They even talk about howthey signed Jimi Hendrix to a record label when in fact they had norecord label. It was all quite funny. Cooper and Tellefsen haveconjured up and fast paced and fun-as-hell documentary about one of thebest bands to ever play a live show anywhere. This is one documentaryyou don’t want to miss out on.
Who are you/they?
Greetings again from the darkness. Considering myself a big andlong-time fan of the rock band The Who, this documentary from firsttime filmmaker James D Cooper caught me off-guard with the surprisingamount of detail and behind-the-scenes insight into how the band brokeout from the dingy club circuit to a world of gold records, massivearena shows, mansions, and international acclaim. The answer is in thetitle: Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.
Unless you are a Rock Music historian, these names are probably new toyou. Lambert was the son of renowned British composer Constant Lambertand had a "proper" private school upbringing, including an Oxfordeducation. Stamp, the brother of actor Terrence Stamp and son of atugboat captain, was the polar opposite blue collar family with astreet-wise education. This odd couple bonded over their love of FrenchNew Wave films, and decided to create their own film project to capturethe restlessness and rebellion of British teenagers in the early1960’s. Their idea was to film a band that captured the essence of thetimes, and this led them to put off the film project, and insteadmanage and mentor a group of "unattractive" mods known as The HighNumbers soon to the The Who.
Much of the film is dedicated to interviews of the survivors. PeteTownshend and Roger Daltrey from The Who, seem quite complimentary intheir recollection of the influence of Lambert and Stamp, as well asthe band’s late members Keith Moon and John Entwistle. Since Kit passedaway in 1981, the bulk of the interview time goes to Chris Stamp, whois unabashed in his respect for Lambert and how their differing stylesbut single vision helped drive the band’s development through somepretty lean early years. Stamp passed away in 2012, so his interviewsand recollections helped capture a time that would otherwise be littlemore than newsclips and home movies. His memories are a treasure trovefor an era.
The film opens with a perfectly placed 8th century quote from Hesiod.This band of misfits and outsiders was being managed by two fellows whowere equally misfit the result being musical genius and never beforeseen stage theatrics. There is a segment with Townshend and Daltreyconversing about drummer Keith Moon that drives home the frustrationand sadness that these two felt towards their bandmate, who was anexceedingly troubled man (Moon died in 1978 at age 32). When Townsendsays "Keith Moon wasn’t a drummer He was something else". We knowexactly what he means.
Director Cooper does a really nice job of keeping the focus on the twomen behind the band, rather than the four lads on stage. We all knowthe music. We all know the tragedies. What we weren’t aware of is howLambert and Stamp managed this band to reach the huge heights ofsuccess and this theme is never lost. One of the most fascinatingclips has Townshend playing an early and very rough cut of a song thathe is working on for the two managers. He is begging for their inputand suggestions a level of openness we rarely glimpse from artists,and one that clarifies just how much impact the titular characters hadon the band right down to the songs and the stage act.
The film is a bit tough to watch at times what with all the quick cutsof photographs and clips kind of dizzying and distracting. Thatreaction is probably a result of this being such a non-traditional actually quite unconventional documentary. It is by no means aretrospective or tribute to The Who. Instead, and much moreimpressively, it’s a rare look at the fearless approach of two Britishgents who set out to make a statement on the times, and instead helpedcreate something timeless.