Ty Burr
August 20, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It opens with the notorious 1967 performance of ”My Generation” on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour — the one during which Keith Moon blew up his drums, and Pete Townshend smashed both his and Tom Smothers’ guitars, and an appalled Bette Davis fainted into Mickey Rooney’s arms backstage. The moment is essential to understanding why the Who could generate an excitement that bordered on apocalypse. While the rest of this documentary isn’t always up to that level, it comes close. Unfortunately, since sound was crucial to this group, watching The Kids Are Alright on tape is pointless without a stereo hookup. A

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