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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.

 

40 Years Ago: The Who Clean Their Closet for the First Time

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In 1974, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were too busy creating the film version of 'Tommy' to devote any sort of time to a new Who album.

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Hear New Song by the Who, ‘Be Lucky’

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The Who's first new song in nearly a decade will arrive in record stores on Oct. 27 as part of the band's new 'Who Hits 50!' collection, but you don't have to wait until then to hear it -- in fact, you can listen to it right now.

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Who 50th Anniversary Compilation Will Include First New Song in Eight Years

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

The Who will append their first new music in eight years to a forthcoming 50th anniversary compilation.

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35 Years Ago: The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ Film Adaptation Becomes a Cult Classic

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Co-written by Pete Townshend, the movie adaptation of the Who's 'Quadrophenia' marked a definitive departure from the earlier 'Tommy.'

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36 Years Ago: Keith Moon of the Who Dies

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Keystone/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

On Sept. 7, 1978, the world lost one of its most unique children when The Who's Keith Moon left us.

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

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On August 11, 1964, the Who's Roger Daltrey reportedly got punched by his Father-in-Law.

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Win a ‘Best Sleepover Ever’ Prize Pack from The Who!

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We're giving away a Who sleeping bag, onesie and bathrobe courtesy of Creative Quirk.

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The Who, ‘Quadrophenia: Live in London’ – Video Review

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The Who deliver a surprisingly vital, unsurprisingly well-thought out document of their most recent concert tour with 'Quadrophenia: Live in London.'

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The Who to Record New Album This Summer

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The Who have announced that they are going to record their first studio album since 2006's 'Endless Wire.'

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The Who Reunite with Kenney Jones for Charity Concert

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Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey performed with their former drummer to benefit a prostate cancer charity.

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