The Who – Pete Townshend’s Own “I Can See For Miles” Demo Acetate

An extraordinary Who collectible–an original 1965 acetate of Pete Townshend’s demo of “I Can See For Miles.”  This  mid-60′s demo features Townshend singing and playing guitar, bass, drums; and was made to teach The Who this 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 4:19 demo has not been officially released but has been bootlegged.   The 7″ one-sided disc has some light marks and grades VG- visually, and plays through with no skips or jumps, but some groove distortion from being repeatedly played. (A digital transfer is included.) A unique opportunity to obtain one of Pete Townshend’s personal demo acetates of a beloved Who song–a truly museum quality collectible, with perfect provenance.

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