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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.

 

Who Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour Dates

The Who
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

The Who will begin the European portion of their 50th anniversary tour a little later than planned.

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The Who Announce Massive 50th Anniversary Tour for 2015

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will play a two-leg, 38-concert 2015 North American tour in celebration of the Who's 50th anniversary.

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Who Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best

Steve Wood, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Steve Wood, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

With all of the compilations the Who have released over the years, it's easy to forget that their studio output boils down to a mere 11 albums.

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Roger Daltrey Says Getting Older Means Using Different Drugs

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have returned to work on some new music as the Who, but don't expect the debauched revelry of days past.

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35 Years Ago: The Who’s Movie About Disaffected Youth Gets a Soundtrack

Polydor
Polydor

In the early ’70s, after failing to realize his ‘Lifehouse’ concept as a rock opera and movie, Pete Townshend began work on what would become the Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ album.

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Watch the Who’s Video for New Single ‘Be Lucky’

The Who, 'Be Lucky'
Universal

Making videos has been a pain in the neck for most major artists since the advent of MTV in the early '80s, but it's a nuisance that's hard to avoid if you want to get your new music out in front of the widest possible audience -- unless you're the Who, that is, and you have 50 years of live footage to fall back on.

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

MCA
MCA

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’

The Who
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

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

Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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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