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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.

 

The Who Announce New ‘Quadrophenia’ Live Blu-ray

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

The Who is promising a busy 50th anniversary year, including a world tour, a multi-format look back at its most recent 'Quadrophenia'-focused dates and perhaps even a new studio album.

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50 Years Ago: The Who Fail Their Label Audition

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It's hard to imagine the Who making it big without Keith Moon at the drum kit -- unless, that is, you happen to be Doug Sandom, the guy who sat there before him.

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Roger Daltrey Admits He Didn’t Always Get The Who’s Rock Operas

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Were you always a little lost within the big-concept narratives of the Who's rock operas? Scared to admit that you really had no idea what Pete Townshend was getting at with 'Tommy' or 'Quadrophenia,' iconic though they may be? You're not alone: Who frontman Roger Daltrey, in fact, admits to some initial confusion, as well.

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‘Whole Lotta Love’ vs. ‘I Can’t Explain’ – March Riff Madness

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Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ takes on the Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain' in a heavy-hitting round one Ultimate Classic Rock March Riff Madness battle.

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30 Years Ago: Roger Daltrey Releases First Post-Who Solo Album

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By the time the Who called it quits in 1983, singer Roger Daltrey had already been a part-time solo artist for a decade. But when he entered the studio to record his fifth album, 'Parting Should Be Painless,' things were undeniably different.

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The Who Announce ‘Sensation: The Story of Tommy’ DVD

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One of the Who's rock masterpieces is getting the documentary treatment this spring.

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The Who to Record New Album

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Less than half a year after hinting at their imminent retirement from the road, the Who are getting back together sometime this year to record a new album.

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The Who’s Managers Are The Subject Of A New Documentary

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The unlikely partnership of Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, the managers of the Who in their early days, is the subject of a new documentary. 'Lambert & Stamp' had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this week.

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Rocker Says the Stones, the Who and Metallica ‘Blew It’

Mick Jagger, Kirk Hammett, and Roger Daltrey
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We've all been disappointed by a late-period record by one of our favorite bands, and to one extent or another, we've all engaged in an endless debate over whether it's better to burn out or fade away. For Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, the answer is neither; creativity takes effort, and he expects great artists to keep trying.

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44 Years Ago: Keith Moon’s Chauffeur Killed

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The history of the Who is littered with tragic events. From Pete Townshend's abuse when he was a child to the 1979 deaths of 11 fans in Cincinnati to John Entwistle's overdose in 2000. One of the lesser known stories occurred on Jan. 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Keith Moon's driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over by Moon's Bentley.

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