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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 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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Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend Play Who Songs for Charity

Eddie Vedder led an all-star group in Chicago last night to pay tribute the Who and to raise some funds for the band's Teen Cancer America organization.

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The Who Sell Out in Dallas: Concert Review and Photos

The Who roared into Dallas after bringing consistently powerful shows to Houston and Austin, but the night quickly became famous in its own right.

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Jesse Grant / Rick Diamond / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Todd Rundgren Recalls Missed Opportunities to Produce the Who and Talking Heads

Todd Rundgren could easily rest on his legacy as a recording artist, but as rock fans are aware, he's also built up a mighty impressive list of production credits.

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Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images

The Who Postpone Three Shows So Roger Daltrey Can Rest His Voice

Vocal problems for Roger Daltrey have forced the Who to put off a trio of scheduled shows, beginning on Tuesday.

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Warner Brothers Records

36 Years Ago: The Who Play First Concert With Kenney Jones

Kenney Jones, a former drummer with the Small Faces and the Faces, later admitted that the very idea of anyone replacing Keith Moon in the Who was ludicrous. 

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