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On tour and at home with The Who

  • The Who will be profiled in an exhibition of intimate photographs shot by photographer Colin Jones. The exhibition, 'The Who: In the Beginning', takes place at Proud Central from 24 September – 15 October 2009. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • A rare private moment of the band together backstage at The Locarno, Stevenage, January 1966. Photographer Colin Jones remembers: “They were wild, but they knew how to be professional. Keith Moon was a perfectionist.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Pete Townshend’s now-infamous windmill technique - demonstrated here at the Jigsaw Club, Manchester. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Manchester, 1966. Colin Jones: “It was very much like The Beatles, there were lots of girls. The girls really loved them.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • The Mod audience of Wembley 1966 for The Who’s first and last NME Poll Winners’ Concert appearance. The complete line-up included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds amongst others. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • West London, 1966. John Entwistle practising guitar whilst his mother darns his socks in the home they shared above a pub in Ealing. Colin Jones: “You wouldn’t get this today. Everyone wants to control everything and make money. Nobody ever told me what to do.”

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  • Ealing, West London at John Entwistle’s mother's home. Entwistle learned the French horn at school and would go on to play it in an early trad jazz band called The Confederates alongside future The Who member, Pete Townshend. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • John Entwistle buying a new suit at Just Men, King's Road, London 1966. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Manchester, 1966. Girls would flock to see Keith Moon. Jones recalls: "I just remember all these young women crying out for his drumsticks. He'd break them every five minutes and throw them out to them."

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  • Pete Townsend in his “rudimentary,” studio in his flat on Old Church Street, London. It was here where Townsend would record the demos for the classic songs, 'I Can See For Miles', 'Magic Bus' and 'My Generation'. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • London 1966, Pete Towshend and Keith Moon buying new clothes in a rare moment of calm for the photographer: “It was hard to get them together [they were] always buggering about.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Townshend, Moon and Entwistle buying newspapers at Manchester Piccadilly Station, 1966. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Keith Moon and John Entwistle with one of their admirers backstage after a gig at the Jigsaw Club, Manchester 1966. “They all wanted Keith Moon, you’d think it would have been Roger Daltrey. He was the Adonis of the group but no, they all just wanted Keith.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • London 1966. Pete Townshend, with his collection of Rickenbacker guitars. Notice the varying states of destruction. Smashing up their instruments was a trademark of The Who's gigs. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Keith Moon at IBC studios, London, 1966. “The thing about Moon,” remembers Colin Jones, “was that he was a bit of a hellraiser, [but] even in those days he was a fantastic drummer and never really got the chance to be rated.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Roger Daltrey in his flat at Ivor Court, London in 1966, where he lived above the band's old office space. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • A rare shot of Daltrey taking a phone call in his London 1966 flat around the time of the album 'My Generation'. Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • The Who's manager Christoper ‘Kit’ Lambert, en route to Manchester 1966. Recalling the first time he met the band and their manager, Jones said: “They were all sitting at these tables with hundreds of bottles of rose. They had two gigs that night, but they never showed up for the second gig. They were really wild. The audience wanted their money back.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Keith Moon in 1966. His hell-raising ways earned him the nickname 'Moon The Loon' - he was to die 12 years later of a drugs overdose. Jones: “At this time there was never really drugs, just drink, not like later with LSD and cocaine. It was purely alcohol back then.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Keith Moon and Pete Townshend with a fan backstage at the Jigsaw Club, Manchester, 1966. According to Jones: “They were always fighting with each other. Once Pete threatened to kill Keith.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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  • Roger Daltrey in bed at his flat in London, 1966. “You could do what you liked, you could walk in on them with no serious appointments and nobody minded. You can’t do that now, unless you’re mates.” Pic: Colin Jones/www.proud.co.uk

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