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Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend was born in London in 1945 and came of age during a peak period in British rock history, leading the Who as their guitarist and main songwriter. He penned classics like ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘My Generation’ and the ‘Tommy’ album before he turned 25. In 1972 he launched his solo career with ‘Who Came First,’ and for the next two decades he balanced the Who with records released under his own name, some of which included acoustic sketches of his band’s songs. Throughout his career, Townshend has used music to explore everything from his English youth to getting older. He and singer Roger Daltrey still lead the Who, despite Townshend’s hearing loss.

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Amy Sussman, Getty Images

Pete Townshend Reveals Secret Marriage, Announces Yearlong Sabbatical

Pete Townshend has gone public with the news of his marriage to longtime partner Rachel Fuller.

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Pete Townshend Says He Was the Who’s ‘Timekeeper': Exclusive Interview

Pete Townshend is currently on the road for the Classic Quadrophenia tour.

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Keystone, Getty Images

Pete Townshend Reveals Keith Moon’s Role in Getting the Who Involved in Charity Work

Charity work has become a large part of the Who's incredible career legacy.

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Atco

35 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Turns Inward on the Experimental ‘All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes’

Adorned with New Wave-influenced sounds, often thrillingly obtuse and utterly devoid of musical nostalgia, this was a Pete Townshend album for the modern age.

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia With Billy Idol Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia is heading to the U.S. for a handful of tour dates later this summer.

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Spencer Kaufman, Ultimate Classic Rock

Pete Townshend Writes New Song for Stage Production of the Who’s ‘Tommy’

Nearly 50 years after it was released, the Who's classic Tommy is getting a new song

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Eagle Rock

Watch Pete Townshend Play ‘Rough Boys’ From ‘Face the Face’: Exclusive Premiere

Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to present the premiere of 'Rough Boys' from Pete Townshend's 'Face the Face.'

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Eel Pie

The Story of Pete Townshend’s ‘Lifehouse’

Any artist, if he pushes hard enough, will eventually reach a point where his creative reach exceeds his grasp.

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Eagle Rock

Pete Townshend to Release 1986 ‘Face the Face’ Concert on DVD/CD

A show Pete Townshend taped with his Deep End band for a 1986 appearance on the long-running German TV series Rockpalast will make its official debut on DVD and CD later this year.

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Roger Daltrey Records Pete Townshend’s ‘Let My Love Open the Door’ for Charity

The new version of Pete Townshend's biggest solo hit is being used in a campaign for Teen Cancer America, which Daltrey and Townshend founded.

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