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 Says ‘My Generation Misused Power’
Who guitarist says hippie era could have been “much better” and fears it could all happen again.
Pete Townshend Says Rock Isn’t Dead, But Guitar Based Rock Is
The Who veteran believes virtuosos have “exhausted the possibilities” but that things will change again in the future.
Pete Townshend Reveals the Only Thing the Who Don’t Argue About
Guitarist discusses his changing relationship with Roger Daltrey.
Pete Townshend Calls the Who's New Tour a 'Big Move On': Video
Guitarist talks about upcoming leg of the band's road show and how he started writing rock operas.
Why Pete Townshend Made Tommy Into A ‘Pinball Wizard’
Who guitarist explains truth behind story of why song was added to 1969 rock opera.
Roger Daltrey Explains Why Pete Townshend Smashed Guitars
Who frontman says trademark stage performance “was not about the visual.”
Pete Townshend Refused to Tour Without New Who Album
Guitarist discusses strict condition for returning to the road, and how they nearly ran out of time to secure the deals.