The Who – Pete Townshend Personal 1965 Unreleased Acetate

An extraordinary Who collectible–a never bootlegged original 1965 acetate of Pete Townshend’s demo of “Do The Strip,” an unreleased song written for The Who’s debut album, “My Generation.” This unreleased mid-60’s demo features Townshend singing and playing guitar, bass, drums; and was made to teach The Who this song. The Who On Record: A Critical History 1963-1998 by John Atkins describes “Do The Strip” as “a Motown inspired mock dance-craze song.” This was Townshend’s personal acetate, which he gave circa 1967 to Sandy Darlington, an American friend/musician/music critic then living in London. In 1968 Darlington gifted it and some others to legendary music writer Greil Marcus, soon to become the first reviews editor of Rolling Stone magazine (we obtained these directly from Marcus, who has had them in his collection for 42 years.) Marcus later interviewed Townshend for Rolling Stone, and has written many notable books on Bob Dylan, as well as a number of others about Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, and music and popular culture (read about him on Wikipedia here: ). Marcus’ signed letter of provenance is included.  This demo is completely unreleased; a 1:47 versions of this demo has appeared on a rare bootleg, but this versions is more than 2 1/2 minutes longer and a different mix.   The 7″ one-sided disc has some light marks, but plays great with no skips or jumps. Visually it grades VG+, but it plays better (a digital transfer is included.) This is a unique opportunity to obtain one of Pete Townshend’s personal demo acetates of an unreleased Who song–a truly museum quality collectible, with perfect provenance.

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