Excalibur Auctions is delighted to announce that this lot has now been sponsored by Eminent Life – Champagne Charles Orban, Cuvée Roger Daltrey
A rare first ‘pressing’ of The Who’s 1965 album My Generation signed by all four of its’ band members, is to go under the hammer in a sale of Music Memorabilia, Posters and Autographs at Excalibur Auctions on Saturday 17th October 2020.
This is the first time that a fully signed copy of the British band’s debut album has come to auction and it is also a first ‘pressing’, which means it is a record that was pressed from the 1st original masters. Even more excitingly is that it is being offered by someone with a direct link to the band and bears all four signatures of the band members (whereas most items relating to the band tend to have only one or two).
The Who, comprising Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon made the album just after their chart success with several singles. It was released by Brunswick record label in the UK in December 1965 and while it reached number five in the UK charts, it has retrospectively been called ‘one of the best rock albums of all time.’
While an estimate is difficult to set, as one has never appeared at auction before, Excalibur Auctions have put a conservative estimate of £800-1200 on it, however for a Who fan this is the ultimate, so it is believed it could sell for much more.
The winning buyer of Lot 630: THE WHO – MY GENERATION will also get a FREE bottle and 2 glasses of the Cuvée Roger Daltrey
The Roger Daltrey cuvée is the official champagne of rock ‘n’ roll and represents a perfect expression of the three varieties used in champagneEminent Life, Broadway, London
This limited edition cuvée was created to celebrate THE WHO’s 50th anniversary and Daltrey’s career as a singer and actor, spanning more than 50 years. A percentage of the sale of this champagne usually goes to Teen Cancer America, therefore in keeping with this Excalibur Auctions has decided to donate a percentage of the commission to Teenage Cancer Trust
The seller of the album went to school with the son of English music / film producer and esteemed band manager Bill Curbishley of Quadrophenia fame – the sixth studio album by The Who, released in 1973. There are also Quadrophenia and other pop, punk and rock memorabiliaitems from the same source being offered in the sale.
At the time My Generation was released The Who, who formed in 1964 were on their way to stardom, having enlisted Keith Moon on the drums and changed their band name from The Detours, having briefly been named The High Numbers.
The album cover features a photo of the band standing next to oil drums, looking upwards to the camera. John Entwistle wears a jacket with a Union Jack pattern draped around his shoulders, while Pete Townshend wears his old school scarf!
This version of the album went out of print in 1980, making these first ‘pressings’ extremely sought-after and highly rare, as there was no UK version of My Generation available until a deluxe version remaster of it in 2002.