Christopher Thomas Stamp, an early manager of the rock band The Who, died in New York City on November 24 at the age of 70. Mr. Stamp, who had become a psychotherapist, also maintained a home and private practice in East Hampton. He loved the East End, said his family, and had a particular affection for Sag Harbor.
Mr. Stamp was born on July 7, 1942, in London, England, one of five children. His father was a tugboat captain.
He started working in the theater as a prop man thanks to the help of his older brother, the actor Terence Stamp, working on the original production of “West Side Story” in London.
In the 1960s he met Kit Lambert with whom he would discover The Who at the beginning of their career when they were performing under the name The High Numbers, and managed them until 1974. The pair also created an independent record label, Track Records, which produced several of The Who’s most important albums, “The Who Sells Out,” “Who’s Next,” “Tommy,” and “Quadrophenia.” In addition, according to Variety, the label released singer-guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking early singles and albums, Arthur Brown’s pyrotechnic “Fire,” Andy “Thunderclap” Newman’s classic Townshend-produced single “Something in the Air” and Dutch band Golden Earring’s FM hit “Radar Love.”
Mr. Stamp was also executive producer of the 1975 Ken Russell film, “Tommy.”
Mr. Stamp and Mr. Lambert fell out in the early 1970s and, in 1976, Mr. Stamp moved to New York where he met and married his current wife Calixte in 1979. Both worked as psychotherapists and healers. He became a N.Y. State credentialed addiction counselor, a psychodramatist, a certified experiential therapist, a N.Y. State Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, a Reiki Master and a trauma specialist. He also was a non-denominational ordained reverend in the order of “The Sanctuary of The Beloved”. He had a practice of Buddhist meditation and went on silent retreats yearly at IMS. He studied with Stanislas Grof in holotropic breathing.
Mr. Stamp is survived by his wife of 33 years, Calixte; his daughters from a previous marriage in England to Sally Burgess, Rosie and Amie; his sons-in-law Edmund and Nicholas; his brothers Terence, John, Richard and his sister Lynette; his sister-in-law Pat, his auntie Maude and uncle Barney. He is also survived by six grand-children Esmé, Betsy, Maggie, Evie, Tom and Gracie, his nieces Lillie and Khedija and his nephew George.
“He also leaves the big tribe of friends and healers who was his family of heart,” said the family.
A celebration of Mr. Stamp’s life will be held at a service at The Old Whaler’s Church in Sag Harbor on Tuesday December 4 at 2 pm.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Chris Stamp Memorial Fund to benefit the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, Post Office Box 385, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356 (http://www.wolfmountain.com/index.htm).