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Album: TommyReleased: 1969Charted:
This was part of The Who's rock opera Tommy
. Tommy is free because his mother smashed the mirror that he was kind of trapped in. He always gazed at his reflection and this was the only thing he could really see. Now Tommy wants his disciples to follow him ("How can we follow?") and says he's their Messiah.
Pete Townshend wrote Tommy, but their manager, Kit Lambert, deserves some of the credit for the idea. Lambert's father was a conductor and fairly well known in the world of classical music. Kit helped come up with the idea of a rock opera, which incorporated many elements of a classical piece.