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Like many of the bands that sprang up in England during the first half of the ’60s, the Who were heavily influenced by American R&B music. But they had something most of them did not: a guitar-slinging songwriter whose aspirations went beyond the usual songs about cars and girls. Pete Townshend first revealed his intentions on the Who’s 1965 single ‘My Generation,’ which became a timeless anthem for kids who didn’t want to end up like their parents. Over the next few years, the songs got bigger and more ambitious, culminating in 1969’s ‘Tommy,’ a hugely influential rock opera. They followed it up with one of rock’s true masterpieces, ‘Who’s Next.’ By the end of the ‘70s, drummer Keith Moon was dead and the group’s classic era closed.

 
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50 Years Ago: The Who Mix Things Up on Their Second Album, ‘A Quick One’

Not long after the Who's debut album was released, Pete Townshend was already moving on.

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The Who, ‘My Generation Super Deluxe Edition': Album Review

The Who got bigger, brainier, better and generally tougher as they grew. But they were never as fiercely raw as they were on their first album.

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10 Years Ago: The Who Make a Grand (and Final?) Statement With ‘Endless Wire’

With Keith Moon and John Entwistle gone, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey managed to find the time, energy and friendship to make a minor Who masterpiece.

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Roger Daltrey Says Rock ‘n’ Roll Has ‘Reached a Dead End’

Roger Daltrey, the man who once sang "Long Live Rock," has declared that the genre is dead.

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15 Years Ago: The Who Rule ‘The Concert for New York City’

Paul McCartney might have been the driving force behind the Concert for New York City, but the Who’s unbridled performance remains the brightest highlight that night.

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Desert Trip’s Best Photos

Great photos of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, the Who and Neil Young at Desert Trip.

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The Who Announce Super Deluxe ‘My Generation’ Reissue

The Who's 1965 debut album will make its way back to stores this fall — and it's put on a whole bunch of extra weight over the years.

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Roger Waters and the Who Close Out Desert Trip

The first weekend of the all-star Desert Trip festival closed out with performances from the Who and Roger Waters.

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How a Urine Shortage Almost Ruined the ‘Who’s Next’ Cover Shoot

The Who were traveling back from a show when they happened upon a huge slab of concrete. So, why not urinate on it, right?

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45 Years Ago: The Who Scale Back and Release the Classic ‘Who’s Next’

Pete Townshend was brimming with ideas as the '60s turned into the '70s.

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