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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.

 
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

33 Years Ago: The Who Release Their Last Album for Almost a Quarter Century, ‘It’s Hard’

The Who's controversial and somewhat underrated 10th album, It's Hard, was released in September 1982) Years later, singer Roger Daltrey said the record never should have seen the light of day.

The disc came during a very

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Ode Sound & Visual Records
Ode Sound & Visual Records

Hear Ringo Starr Perform ‘Tommy’s Holiday Camp’ From ‘Tommy’ Reissue: Exclusive Preview

Here's your chance to sample the forthcoming reissue of the Who's 1972 update of Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir.

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Kyler Clark
Kyler Clark

Hear Hollywood Vampires’ Cover of the Who’s ‘My Generation’

Alice Cooper has pulled back the curtain a little further on his new all-star covers and collaboration project, Hollywood Vampires.

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

The Who’s ‘Live in Hyde Park’ Scheduled for Theatrical Release

The final U.K. stop on the Who's 50th anniversary tour will be commemorated with Live at Hyde Park, a concert film scheduled for a theatrical run later this year.

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Jack-Kay/Hulton Archives, Getty Images

Top 10 Keith Moon Who Songs

10 songs that best show off how much Keith Moon meant to the Who.

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

37 Years Ago: The Who Close Out the Keith Moon Era With ‘Who Are You’

The Who's 'Who Are You' had a lot to contend with, including punk rock, the electronics insurgence and, perhaps most importantly, a songwriter who seemed to be growing out of his band.

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The Who, ‘I’ve Known No War’: Rock’s Hidden Gems

The Who released 'I've Known No War,' one of rock's hidden gems, as part of 1982's 'It's Hard.'

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Sound & Visual
Sound & Visual

The Who Announce Reissue Plans for Orchestral ‘Tommy’ LP

The London Symphony Orchestra's 1972 performance of the Who's Tommy is returning to stores after more than 30 years out of print.

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51 Years Ago: Roger Daltrey Punched by His Father-in-Law

On Aug.11, 1964, the Who's Roger Daltrey reportedly got punched by his father-in-law.

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Ethan Miller / Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx Criticizes the Who for Continuing to Tour

For Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, saying goodbye now is an attempt to go out with some dignity intact.

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