Sen­sa­tion: The Story of the Who’s Tommy

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Re­leased in 1969, the dou­ble al­bum Tommy — about ‘‘ the deaf, dumb and blind kid’’ who’s a pin­ball wizard — by English group the Who mor­phed into the first mu­si­cal rock opera. Com­poser and gui­tarist Pete Town­shend and lead singer Roger Dal­trey open up in this look at what in­spired the al­bum (which sold more than 20 mil­lion copies) and its im­pact on their 40-year ca­reer. ‘‘ It was a mir­ror on what was hap­pen­ing at the time,’’ Town­shend says. Archival footage of per­for­mances and old in­ter­views plus new ma­te­rial shot this year tell an en­gag­ing story about a group that set out to make sense of the universe.

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