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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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Pete Townshend’s New ‘Magnum Opus’ Will Begin With a Novel

Pete Townshend is already looking ahead to life after the Who's 50th anniversary tour, and it sounds like he's just as ambitious as ever.

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The History of the Who’s ‘Tommy’

We delve into the story behind the Who's 'Tommy' album, which was released on May 23, 1969.

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Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images

Listen to Pete Townshend’s New Song, ‘Guantanamo’

A new Pete Townshend compilation will include two new songs, including one called "Guantanamo" about the controversial military prison.

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46 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Gets Arrested at the Fillmore East

On May 16, 1969, Pete Townshend kicked a man off the Who's stage. Turned out he was a plain clothes policeman. Oops.

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Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend Play Who Songs for Charity

Eddie Vedder led an all-star group in Chicago last night to pay tribute the Who and to raise some funds for the band's Teen Cancer America organization.

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Pete Townshend No Longer Finds the Who’s Concerts ‘Fulfilling’

Just because you're great at something doesn't mean it's fun for you. Just ask Pete Townshend.

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Hear Pete Townshend’s New Classical Version of ‘Love Reign O’er Me’

Pete Townshend's new classical version of "Love Reign O'er Me" reworks the Who's 1973 classic features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but no Roger Daltrey.

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Joan Jett, Billy Idol and More to Honor Pete Townshend

The punks will meet the godfather on May 28 at the Best Buy Theater in New York.

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Atco

35 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Releases His First Proper Solo Album, ‘Empty Glass’

Pete Townshend started experimenting with a recording career outside the Who in the early '70s, but it would take him until 1980 to produce the album he'd later call his official solo debut.

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Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder to Perform a Who-Themed Benefit

Pete Townshend will be joined by Eddie Vedder for a benefit concert dubbed Celebrating the Who, to be held May 14 at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.

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