My “mandala” for The Who
I made this several years ago, and recently re-discovered it on my computer while cleaning out my art folder…
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It’s a “mandala” of sorts for my favorite band of all time, The Who. The way much of their music and albums are organized sort of lends itself to the mathematical and geometric organization here, I guess. 4 (band members) is such a nice number, and it plays into many of their works.
Now for the explanation.
Obviously, the overall background motif is a British flag….because the Who were British and it has at least something to do with them. Which leads me to the next feature, “MOD” at the center in a mod symbol, the R.A.F rondel. The Who came out of the mod subculture and were originally sort of a “modsploitation band” called the High Numbers who wrote songs about mod stuff. Moving outwards from the center, we have the blue ring of the rondel, the 4 band members as expressed by 4 songs showing the 4 personalities of Jimmy, the main character of the album Quadrophenia. These songs are the “themes” of each of the band members: “Bell Boy” (Keith Moon), “Is It Me For A Moment” (John Entwhistle), “Helpless Dancer” (Roger Daltrey), and “Love Reign O’er Me” (Pete Townshend). The red bars radiating from the center contain the names of the band members. The “records” represent 4 of the Who’s most well-known/representative songs, “Baba O’Riley,” “I Can See For Miles,” “My Generation,” and “Who Are You.” The lyrics of these 4 songs are written on the diagonal white bars that cut through them. Finally, the 8 triangular blue sections in the background are the 8 best albums by the Who (which is obviously a matter of opinion, but most would agree with me): A Quick One, My Generation, Quadrophenia, Who Are You, Tommy, Live At Leeds, The Who Sell Out, and Who’s Next.
So that’s my little “fan art” for my favorite band. Hope you enjoyed it.