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"A Quick One, While He's Away"

A rock opera by Peter Townshend
Adapted and arranged by Mark Governor
Music video directed by Janet Roston and Joe LaRue
Original Staging and Choreography by Janet Roston

PERFORMED BY THE LOS ANGELES ROCK OPERA COMPANY

SINGERS:
CELIA CHAVEZ
JOE DONAHOE
JAMES LYNCH
NIKKI TOMLINSON
DANNY SHORAGO
CESILI WILLIAMS
ERIN ZARUBA

MUSICIANS:
SCROTE: Guitars
D.J. BONEBRAKE: Drums
BRETT SIMONS: Bass
MARK GOVERNOR: Guitar and Keyboards
ANIELA PERRY: Cello

"A Quick One, While He's Away" is considered by most to be the first rock opera ever recorded. Written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who in 1966 for their album A Quick One. In the performance on their "Live at Leeds" album Townshend calls the 9 minute "epic" track a "mini-opera" and introduces it as "Tommy's parent". This song tells the story of an unnamed girl whose lover has been gone "for nigh on a year." Her friends inform her that they "have a remedy"; the remedy comes in the form of Ivor the Engine Driver. When the lover returns, the girl confesses her infidelity, and she is ultimately forgiven. This music video, shot in 2010 to promote their recording of the work, documents LA Rock Opera performing the first known full staging of the piece.

"A Quick One, While He's Away"
©1967 ESSEX MUSIC INC/ CROMWELL MUSIC INC
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