When talking about the British band The Who, it is inevitable to think of Tommy, his masterpiece released in 1969. The fourth album of the band formed by Roger Daltrey (voice), Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboard and voice), John Entwistle (bass and voice) and Keith moon (drums) is a rock opera that is considered the first of its kind to feature a complete linear narrative through its song progression.
Tommy was published in its first edition as a double vinyl record with a libretto that included the lyrics of the songs and images to illustrate parts of the story.
The cover was presented as part of a triptych, with three panels covering a painting made by Mike McInnerney, Artistic Director of the International Times and a friend of Townshend.
The drawing includes a blue dial with diamond cutouts and a layer of clouds and seagulls. On the back cover, a star-studded hand breaks through the bottom, with the index pointing forward.
This legendary cover is back in force through an initiative of the prestigious British brand Rolls-Royce and a series of nine models Wraith called “Inspired by Music” created in collaboration with some British rock-related musical artists to commemorate their legacy.
With the supervision of Darltrey himself, the craftsmen at Rolls-Royce conceived a beautiful Wraith that is a beautiful tribute to Tommy. McInnerney's creation dominates the model's massive bonnet and seagulls are also visible on the sides of the car.
The “Inspired by Music” series will be sold throughout 2017 and part of the proceeds will be donated to charities of each artist's choice.