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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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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: The Who Kick Off Their First Farewell Tour

A little more than three years after drummer Keith Moon died, the Who were feeling out of sorts with each other, musically and onstage.

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Pete Townshend Says He Was the Who’s ‘Timekeeper': Exclusive Interview

Pete Townshend is currently on the road for the Classic Quadrophenia tour.

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Moon the Loon: Keith Moon’s 25 Craziest Antics

Moon the Loon: Keith Moon’s 25 Craziest Antics

Keith Moon took rock ’n’ roll excess and made it into something approaching performance art. We’re taking a look at the late Who drummer’s craziest stunts.

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YouTube

The Who to Release ‘Tommy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall’

Fans will be able to experience a rare complete live performance of the Who's classic 'Tommy' LP, recorded in last spring at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Raymond Ahner
Raymond Ahner

Metallica, the Who Rock Outside Lands Festival: Photo Gallery

San Francisco's multi-genre Outside Lands Festival had a strong classic rock presence last weekend, as Metallica and the Who served as headliners on consecutive nights.

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UMe/Polydor

The Who Announce Five-CD Box Set, ‘Maximum As & Bs’

All of the Who's singles and EPs will be collected on a new box set, 'Maximum As & Bs.'

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Keystone, Getty Images

Pete Townshend Reveals Keith Moon’s Role in Getting the Who Involved in Charity Work

Charity work has become a large part of the Who's incredible career legacy.

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15 Years Ago: Who Bassist John Entwistle Is Laid to Rest

Though Who bassist John Entwistle died in Las Vegas on the eve of huge tour, his final resting place was near home.

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ATO
ATO

Claypool Lennon Delirium Cover King Crimson, Pink Floyd and the Who on New Record

The Claypool Lennon Delirium are covering some classic-rock royalty on their upcoming EP.

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15 Years Ago: The Who’s John Entwistle Dies

John Entwistle’s death attracted as much attention as he always had onstage with the Who.

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