Pete Townshend was born in London in 1945 and came of age during a peak period in British rock history, leading the Who as their guitarist and main songwriter. He penned classics like 'I Can't Explain,' 'My Generation' and the 'Tommy' album before he turned 25. In 1972 he launched his solo career with 'Who Came First,' and for the next two decades he balanced the Who with records released under his own name, some of which included acoustic sketches of his band's songs. Throughout his career, Townshend has used music to explore everything from his English youth to getting older. He and singer Roger Daltrey still lead the Who, despite Townshend's hearing loss.
Pete Townshend Fears New Who Music Will Miss ‘Mood of the Moment’
Guitarist says their “old-fashioned” approach requires two years for album while younger artists release songs in weeks.
Pete Townshend Paints Grim Picture for Classic Acts' Return
The Who guitarist outlines post-pandemic scenario that could see older stars locked out of venues.
Pete Townshend Says He Fooled Himself Over 1967 Flop Single
Who guitarist had expected “I Can See for Miles” to be the “biggest selling record in music history.”
Pete Townshend Isn't Sure If There Will Be Another Who Album
Songwriter says there isn't "any real prospect" of new LP until he has "proper conversation" with singer Roger Daltrey.
Pete Townshend Asked Peter Frampton to Replace Him in the Who
Co-founder wanted to keep writing but stop touring in the ‘80s, Frampton reveals in his new memoir.
Pete Townshend Turned Down Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ Invite
The Who guitarist recommended Eddie Van Halen, who played solo on groundbreaking hit single.
How Pete Townshend Helped Eddie Vedder Deal With Roskilde Horror
Pearl Jam singer recalls the Who guitarist’s advice after nine fans died at festival.
Pete Townshend Regrets the Advice He Gave Jimi Hendrix
Who guitarist recalls thinking “this guy’s brilliant enough” after helping newcomer out in 1966.