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The Who – Pete Townshend’s Personal Acetate of “Disguises” Demo

An extraordinary Who collectible–an original 1965 acetate of Pete Townshend’s demo of “Disguises.”  This unreleased 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greil_Marcus ). Marcus’ signed letter of provenance is included.  This 3:38 demo is unreleased; a 3:35 version of this demo has appeared on a rare bootleg, but this versions is longer and a slightly different mix.   The 7″ one-sided disc has some light marks and grades VG- visually, but it plays very well–at least EX– with no skips or jumps. (A digital transfer is included.) A unique opportunity to obtain one of Pete Townshend’s personal demo acetates of a great and early Who song–a truly museum quality collectible, with perfect provenance.

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