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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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26 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Releases ‘The Iron Man’

Pete Townshend's musical, 'The Iron Man,' was released on June 27, 1989.

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Pete Townshend Thinks the Who Are Finished (For Good This Time)

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have been clear about the Who's 50th anniversary dates marking the end of the band's large-scale touring, but in a new interview with MOJO, Townshend goes a step further, suggesting he's ready to close the book on the group completely.

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Pete Townshend Rails Against New Classical Album’s Chart Snub

Pete Townshend worked with credentialed classical-music figures on his new symphonic reinterpretation of Quadrophenia. But that doesn't mean the project has been wholly accepted in those circles.

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Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images

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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Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images

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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