Sheet music cover for 'Pinball Wizard' by The Who (John Entwistle; Roger Daltrey; Keith Moon; Pete Townshend)

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Sheet music cover for 'Pinball Wizard' by The Who (John Entwistle; Roger Daltrey; Keith Moon; Pete Townshend)

published by Fabulous Music Ltd., after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1969
11 in. x 8 1/2 in. (280 mm x 216 mm) paper size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Reference Collection
NPG D48597

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  • Fabulous Music Ltd. (incorporated 1965), Music publishing company partially owned by Pete Townshend. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • Unknown photographer, Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 6583 portraits.

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The Open University is established, based on the vision of Michael Young. Its aims were to offer the chance to study for higher education qualifications on a part time and distance learning basis, giving people who were unable to attend a traditional university because of family, work commitments or disability the opportunity to achieve university degrees.

Art and science

The comedy sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast. The Pythons performed surreal sketches that reinvented the comedy tradition, eschewing punch lines for a stream-of-consciousness structure and incongruous authorial interventions: 'and now for something completely different'.
Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta amuses and shocks audiences with full nudity on stage, taking advantage of the recent end to censorship laws.

International

Neil Armstrong takes 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' when he becomes the first man on the moon.
Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. The plane was designed, developed and manufactured by a joint treaty between the French and English governments.

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