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November 28, 2012

Pete Townshend Remembers Chris Stamp


Chris Stamp wasn’t just a good looking boy. He was tough, kind, creative and fun to be around. I can’t think of anyone with whom it was better to brainstorm. For me, our best idea will always be THE WHO SELL OUT. We got so excited when we figured we could sell advertising space between tracks on our records. Why leave that income to radio stations and pop magazines? We weren’t prepared for how irritated those guys would be with the idea. Chris was also very spiritually open, and later in his life focussed on the questions of the purpose of the soul. That said, he was never pious or pompous, never preachy. In his last days, despite terrible pain, we who were lucky enough to spend time with him, felt the presence of angels (or something like that) around him. There was a different kind of light in the room when he was fighting back at his cancer.


He had a wonderful life in his early and later years. The middle years, very much like my own, were tough partly because of his massive success. Track Records – which Chris ran for many years – had The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and a dozen other big hit single successes. The Who’s success in the USA brought us all great notoriety, and Chris was as hard living as the rest of us. But he found recovery many, many years before it came into vogue to do so in the music business, and as a result became like a kind of recovery guru in the New York area, loved and respected by hundreds of people he met in his work as a counsellor.


Roger became especially close to Chris in recent years, all past arguments and complaints forgotten. Love prevailed between them. I never lost touch with Chris because together we continued to be partners in Fabulous Music who published all the early Who music in the UK and Europe.


I will miss him, but remember him with real gratitude and pleasure – always.


Pete Townshend

November 28th, 2012





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14 Responses to Pete Townshend Remembers Chris Stamp

Patricia Puma says: November 29, 2012 at 5:02 am

I was honored to have meet Chris at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor NY. I sat next to him and his wife , not knowing who he was. I loved the Who growing up, and went to see the play Tommy. He and his wife treated me as if they knew me for years. At the end of the play he went on stage for questions and answer time . He stated how he was a trauma therapist . It took me 5 years to go to him however he never forgot me and spiritually the magic happened. He truly enlighten myself and I spoke of him as my spiritually advisor. I remember last year he said Patricia I can’t see you next week Im going To NYC to meet up with Roger . He spoke as if we were all one big family. My heart is broke today . But I know as Chris would say he may not be here in earthly form but spiritually we are all as one.

He was a gift that will truly be missed,

Patricia Puma

Gary Stockton says: November 29, 2012 at 12:39 am

Very nice post Pete. I only recently realized Chris is Terence Stamp’s brother, what an amazing amount of talent in one family. The love for your dear friend shines through in this loving eulogy. Thank you.

Hugh says: November 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I met Chris Stamp at a Rock Hall Q&A during the Tommy/The Who exhibit in 2005, He was gracious and very interested in my copy of the High Numbers “I’m the Face” on Fontana records and how there were so few left of the originals-they had been bought up by family and friends to get the sales explosion for this hot new band he was taking over with Kit Lambert! I appreciate his time and warm conversations with us that evening, a true gentleman, with a hint of the rascal still in him! Miss you and thanks for everything. Hugh

Tim says: November 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Hey, did you guys make it over to the 7th ave entry last night to check to those guys who were playing “The Who By Numbers” in it’s entirety?


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