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The Who Crowdsource Rarities, Bootlegs from Fans for 50th Anniversary Celebration

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By Kevin Rutherford

The Who are gearing up for their 50th anniversary as a band, and to celebrate they’re calling on a potentially unlikely source — their fans — to assist in their search for rare, perhaps previously unreleased artifacts from the band’s career.

Rolling Stone reports that the band is asking for video and audio footage, bootlegs of live shows, photos and more to be submitted as part of the anniversary celebration.

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The band will then pick from the pool of artifacts and select the best to include in forthcoming anniversary-related releases — with credit, of course. The fans who submit such treasures will be given two VIP tickets for the band’s upcoming tour as well.

Folks with worthwhile Who memorabilia should email the band at thewho@umusic.com.

The Who cite their 2002 film The High Numbers at Railway Hotel as an example of what could possibly be uncovered. Prior to the film’s release, it had been kept by a Dutch fan since 1964.

The band announced their ‘Who Hits 50′ tour in late June and are prepping a 50th anniversary greatest hits album, The Who Hits 50!, on Oct. 28.

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