Variety - 05/23/1979
"...Best by far are the onstage sequences, and the older the footage, the more intriguing..."
New York Times - 06/15/1979
"...Wonderfully obscure and diverse footage of the group..."
USA Today - 07/30/1993
"...A storehouse of great clips, starting with the rock group's literally explosive performance on The Smothers Brothers Show..."
Rolling Stone - 10/16/2003
"...Mind-boggling live footage and TV clips offer smashups, trenchant insights and hilarious pratfalls along with some of the most staggeringly powerful rock music you will ever see..."
Mojo - 12/01/2004
"The first disc is a peerless testament to the power of The Who, both live and on TV."
A dazzling visual diary of legendary performances, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT chronicles the development of the Who from angry young mod upstarts to worldwide arena rock icons. Director Jeff Stein (who was just 21 at the time) was given unlimited access to archives of the Who, occasionally butting heads with famously strong-willed guitarist/songwriter Pete Townsend over the direction of the film. It begins with the band's famed guitar-smashing, 1967 American TV debut on The Smothers Brothers show and continues through Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and on into the 1970s as the band cements its "legend" status in the rock canon with such complex works as QUADROPHENIA. Twenty-two classic Who tunes are featured, including a special version of the title track, "My Generation," "Magic Bus," "Happy Jack," and "Long Live Rock." Manic drummer Keith Moon, who provides numerous laughs in the film, died a year before the film was released.
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Theatrical Release: October 1979.
When the film was originally released on video, two musical segments were cut, paring it down from 106 minutes to 99 minutes. The 2003 video release restores the film.
The performances of "Baba O' Reilly" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" were Keith Moon's last with the band before his death.
Attempting to convince the band of his feature length movie idea, director Jeff Stein showed the band the 17-minute reel of The Who television appearances he had cobbled together. The band laughed hysterically at the footage, which was enough to convince them to go through with the project.