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A Rock and Roll Life in Words and Pictures

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In the spring of 1962, Tom Wright was in his late teens and an American studying photography at Ealing Art School in London. He was also already a heavy drinker and pot smoker, but he had two things going for him: talent and an impressive R&B record collection. Then he met Pete Townshend.

Townshend was at Ealing too, and Wright turned Townshend, guitarist at the time for a band called the Detours, onto both the blues and to pot.

In the fall of '62, however, English authorities busted Wright for marijuana possession. They ordered him out of England, but his albums fell into good hands — Townshend's hands.

Read Leonard Gill's review of Photographer Tom Wright's fascinating autobiography, Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out.

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