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.
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.
40 Years Ago: The Who Score a Final Hit With 'You Better You Bet'
This was one of the few moments during the early '80s when Pete Townshend shared a truly great track with the band.
Deluxe Reissue of 'The Who Sell Out' to Include 46 Unheard Songs
There will also be a two-LP stereo vinyl package, a two-CD/two-LP mono vinyl version, a two-CD edition and a digital release.
Underrated Who: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
The most underrated song from each of the Who's 12 studio LPs.
Kiss' Live Cover of the Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' Unearthed
Bruce Kulick combined fan-shot footage with soundboard audio to celebrate the Asylum tour's 35th anniversary.
Yardbirds, Who and Cream Blamed for Synth Launch Glitch
Dave Smith’s Sequential company recently reintroduced their Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 keyboards.
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.