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.
The Who Release New Song, 'I Don’t Wanna Get Wise'
Band also revealed details on four bonus tracks from their upcoming album.
How Pete Townshend's 'Floss' Changed From a Musical to a Book
The Who guitarist originally planned to make another rock opera, before pivoting to create his first novel.
Listen to the Who's New Single, ‘All This Music Must Fade’
Track appears on upcoming album ‘Who,’ which Roger Daltrey says compares with ‘Quadrophenia.’
The Who and Aerosmith Call Off Shows Over Singers’ Voices
Roger Daltrey and Steven Tyler both suffer health issues.
The Who Postpone Show After Roger Daltrey Loses His Voice
Singer's vocal problems cut the concert short after eight songs.
Pete Townshend Reveals the Only Thing the Who Don’t Argue About
Guitarist discusses his changing relationship with Roger Daltrey.