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 Calls the Who’s Tour Closer 'The End of an Era'
He's unsure what's next for the band after wrapping a trek earlier this year.
Pete Townshend Says Movie Bosses Now Get His 'Lifehouse' Concept
Graphic novel based on the guitarist's scripts is generating interest.
Pete Townshend Says the Who Invented Backing Tapes
Guitarist says he has no problem with using AI on future projects.
Why Pete Townshend Couldn’t Finish 'Lifehouse'
The Who guitarist's ambitious rock opera about alienation increased his ... and led to a breakdown.
How Noel Gallagher Blatantly Stole Pete Townshend's Guitar Sound
Oasis leader admits, "I love nicking other people's settings."
Listen to Pete Townshend's First Solo Single in 29 Years
The Who guitarist releases "Can’t Outrun the Truth" in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Pete Townshend and Joe Perry Guest on Ann-Margret's New Album
The Who and Aerosmith guitarists among contributors to actress and singer's first LP in more than a decade.
Pete Townshend to Who Concertgoer: 'We Don’t Do F---ing Requests'
Watch the guitarist emphatically rebuff a fan during a recent concert.
Why Keith Moon's Death Was a 'Shock' to Pete Townshend: Premiere
Guitarist reflects on bandmate's death in 'Somebody Saved Me' Audible entry.
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey Have Different Retirement Plans
Daltrey may want to tour "until he drops," but Townshend insists he doesn't.