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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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The Who The Beatles Greatest Summer Songs

The Beatles, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ vs. the Who, ‘Summertime Blues’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' faces off against the Who's 'Summertime Blues' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Was the Who’s Glastonbury Set Sabotaged?

A keyboard technician for the Who suggests that the band's set at this year's Glastonbury Festival was sabotaged.

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‘Peanuts Movie’ Trailer Heads Into Teenage Wasteland With the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’

The latest trailer for The Peanuts Movie, which comes out on Nov. 6, prominently features the Who's classic "Baba O'Riley."

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The Who, ‘Live at Shea Stadium 1982′: DVD Review

We review the new DVD, which captures the Who's second night at New York's Shea Stadium in 1982.

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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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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

Roger Daltrey Doesn’t Want Fans Smoking Pot at Who Concerts

Roger Daltrey threatened to stop a Who concert last night after he smelled pot smoke in the audience.

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‘Lambert & Stamp’ Tells Story of the Who’s Managers: Movie Review

Review of the 2015 movie 'Lambert & Stamp.'

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45 Years Ago: The Who Roar Through ‘Live at Leeds’

If there was any doubt that the Who were one of the most ferocious live acts on the planet at the start of the ‘70s, Live at Leeds quashed it.

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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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