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 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.
Why Pete Townshend Refused to Write ‘Blade Runner’ Soundtrack
The Who guitarist didn't enjoy experience of working on ‘Tommy’ movie music.
Pete Townshend Wanted to Quit the Who From ‘Day One’
Guitarist reflects on moments he’s loved and hated his band.
Pete Townshend Wanted Roger Daltrey to Rap on New Who Album
Frontman admits he hated early version of "All This Music Must Fade."
Pete Townshend Explains Controversial Moon, Entwistle Comments
Who guitarist responds to reports about his comment “Thank God they’re gone.”
Pete Townshend Is Glad Keith Moon and John Entwistle Are Gone
Who guitarist recalls late colleagues as “f---ing difficult to play with.”