Lambert & Stamp

First-time documentary maker James D. Cooper looks at Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, the aspiring British filmmakers who, in 1964, adopted a fiery but directionless R&B band in North London and molded it into the guitar-smashing pop-art sensation we know as the Who. For years the band’s story has been defined onscreen by Jeff Stein’s raucously funny The Kids Are Alright (1979), which was completed while the original members were all alive and is less a history of the Who than a part of its legend. Lambert & Stamp is something else entirely, an engrossing business story that approaches the band as a showbiz concern, recognizing the two managers as full creative partners and probing their relationships with the fractious musicians. With Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Chris Stamp (who died in 2012), and actor Terence Stamp (Chris’s older brother).