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Keith Moon (as Ahmet Ertegun) and Annette Walter-Lax, Captain Video, 1977

Carinthia West

After appearing in Eric Idles Rutland Weekend Television and The Rutles, I had helped to devise a rather eccentric rock video show (a precursor to MTV). I managed to persuade some of my friends to dress up as characters from the music industry and we wrote spoof sketches for them. It was called Captain Video. This is a still I took of Keith Moon and his longtime girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax. Keith is pretending to be famed record producer and founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, complete with pink goatee and dark glasses. We borrowed the reception desk at Island Records and shot a sequence in which Keith interviewed Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi for a job. Keith was hilarious and had us all in stitches. Sadly, he died within a year of this being taken, at the age of 32.

16" x 20"

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