A symposium held at England's University of Sussex this summer will take an in depth look at the Who's 1973 album Quadrophenia. In addition to the LP, the three day event will examine the 1979 film adaptation.
"The album is a classic work about adolescent alienation--the desire to be safely ensconced in a crowd, cut through by the fear of having one's shaky identity sucked away," said Pam Thurschwell, co-director of the university's Centre for Modernist Studies.
"It's comparable to [JD] Salinger's Catcher in the Rye or Colin MacInness' Absolute Beginners as a story of adolescent development and what thwarts it."
On June 10, the Who will release Quadrophenia: Live in London. The footage is taken from the band's 40th anniversary Quadrophenia show at London's Wembley Arena in 2013.
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