To the Editor:
Peter Townsend wrote “The Rock Opera Tommy” as parody in 1968. It’s about a deaf, dumb, blind kid who fools the masses into playing pinball as the civil religion for social justice. Few of the ’60s hippies, mongrel progenitors of the woke that now dominate our country, ever understood its true irony. I had the privilege with getting drunk with the lads in 1969, having snuck backstage, in the days before “security.” You’d have to have met them in person to understand how raucous, sarcastic and deeply intelligent they really were. The cover art of their masterpiece, “Who’s Next” tells it all.