Director Jeff Stein, who had worked with the band as a teenager, wanted to create a collection of visual history for fans and approached Pete Townsend. The film comprises live performances, promotional videos, and recorded interviews with the band.
As has been done with beloved television shows, Stein wasted no expense to scrounge old broadcasting sheds in over eight countries (eight that you could name, though) over the next two years to rescue any film reel with a hint of the band in order to make this masterpiece that would never hit major popularity and would be completed overshadowed by an indie drama in 2010. Stein also proved not very good at his scavenger hunt and so new material had to be filmed at Shepperton Studios and at Keith Moon's California beach home, as well as recording some of the band's big hits during tours that couldn't be recovered elsewhere.
The group in some places had to re-dub some of their own musical performances on tape and soundtrack, either because the recording proved bad or they weren't pleased with how they had sounded. Apologies to everyone in the 1969 Woodstock crowd. Moon also died during the sound editing, and the band decided to not change anything further once he had.
- Audience Participation: In an interview featured, Keith Moon tells how he was picked up to be a stand-in drummer from an audience.
- Author Existence Failure: Keith Moon died during sound editing, and the film was left unchanged afterwards.
- Rivals Team Up: The film was narrated by Ringo Starr of The Beatles, one of the bands constantly in rivalry with The Who.