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 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.
Pete Townshend Is Ready to 'Moan' About Keith Moon Biopic
The Who guitarist won’t block movie development but will complain in public if he doesn’t like it.
Pete Townshend Couldn't Save 'Crap' Lost '70s Who Song
Guitarist working on 'Lifehouse' graphic novel but says pursuing full project isn't possible.
Pete Townshend Recalls Helping Eddie Vedder After Roskilde Horror
Guitarist sent two-word message in fan crush aftermath, 21 years after he’d been through a similar tragedy.
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.