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.
50 Years Ago: The Who Returns With Another Concept Album
As it turned out, Pete Townshend was just getting warmed up with 'Tommy.'
Pete Townshend Says Movie Bosses Now Get His 'Lifehouse' Concept
Graphic novel based on the guitarist's scripts is generating interest.
Pete Townshend Says the Who Invented Backing Tapes
Guitarist says he has no problem with using AI on future projects.
Why Pete Townshend Couldn’t Finish 'Lifehouse'
The Who guitarist's ambitious rock opera about alienation increased his ... and led to a breakdown.
45 Years Ago: The Who Close Out Keith Moon Era With 'Who Are You'
This album lot to contend with, including a songwriter who seemed to be growing out of his band.
The Who Announces 'Who's Next/Life House' Deluxe Box Set
The 155-track Super Deluxe Edition will give a detailed look at the band's shelved sci-fi rock opera.
How a Wild Drinking Spree With Sex Pistols Sparked 'Who Are You'
After a meeting with Allen Klein, an intoxicated Pete Townshend literally woke up in a Soho doorway.
45 Years Ago: Keith Moon Makes His Final Appearance With the Who
Drumming legend climbed over his kit, then walked off stage – unaware it would be the last time.
Roger Daltrey Says the Who Probably Won't Tour the US Again
Singer says the idea of returning to America is "very doubtful."