Like many of the bands that sprang up in England during the first half of the '60s, the Who were heavily influenced by American R&B music. But they had something most of them did not: a guitar-slinging songwriter whose aspirations went beyond the usual songs about cars and girls. Pete Townshend first revealed his intentions on the Who’s 1965 single ‘My Generation,’ which became a timeless anthem for kids who didn’t want to end up like their parents. Over the next few years, the songs got bigger and more ambitious, culminating in 1969’s ‘Tommy,’ a hugely influential rock opera. They followed it up with one of rock’s true masterpieces, ‘Who’s Next.’ By the end of the ‘70s, drummer Keith Moon was dead and the group’s classic era closed.
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.
Reissue Roundup: Spring Sets From Fleetwood Mac, the Who and More
New archival releases include expanded versions of beloved albums, box-set collections and rarities-stuffed deluxe editions.
The Who Celebrated With New Royal Mint Selection of Coins
Roger Daltrey visited government-owned mint to strike one of the first collectibles.
How Worry Over Losing Girlfriend Impacted 'Who Sell Out' Sessions
Pete Townshend says Roger Daltrey was concerned about Jimi Hendrix's interest in his future wife.
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.
How the Who’s ‘Sell Out’ Cover Made Roger Daltrey Sick
Apparently, sitting in a bathtub full of beans isn't good for one's health.
The Who to Release Expanded 'Face Dances' for Record Store Day
Release also marks 40th anniversary of 1981 album.