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The Who, Who Are You Album Cover, Shepperton Studios, 1978

Terry ONeill

The front cover of 1978s classic Who Are You. This album was a move away from epic rock opera and towards a more radio-friendly sound, though it did contain one song from a never-completed rock opera by John Entwistle. Two weeks after the release, drummer Keith Moon sadly died of a drug overdose.

On the album cover, Moon was told to sit on the chair in that manner to hide all the weight he had gained; his gut was actually sticking far over the trousers he was wearing. Coincidentally, the chair was marked with the label NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY - a sadly ironic foreshadowing of the tragedy that would take his life.

20" x 16"

24" x 20"

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