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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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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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Getty Images

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

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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AKE Music Productions

Guns N’ Roses, The Who Team Up For One (And Possibly More) Shows

Guns N' Roses have confirmed that they will play one concert together, and reports suggest it could turn into a full-blown tour.

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Jeff J. Mitchell, Getty Images

The Who Announce 2004 Isle of Wight Home Video

The Who's performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival is legendary. In 2004, the band returned to the site to give another rousing performance.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Who Play Their First U.S. Show

In March 1967, the Who made their live U.S. debut by taking part in a musical revue hosted by Murray the K. The legends played five times a day for nine days.

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Spencer Kaufman, Ultimate Classic Rock

Pete Townshend Writes New Song for Stage Production of the Who’s ‘Tommy’

Nearly 50 years after it was released, the Who's classic Tommy is getting a new song

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

The Who Announce Las Vegas Residency

The Who have announced a residency in Las Vegas for this summer.

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Reaction / MCA / Nationaal Archief

Elton John and the Who Illustrator Alan Aldridge Dead at 73

Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, whose distinctive designs graced the covers of classic albums by the Who and Elton John has died at the age of 73.

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