Pete Townshend, guitarist
the Who
birth name: Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend

Pete Townshend

May 19, 1945, Chiswick, London, England

Pete Townshend was the guitarist and primary songwriter for the Who from 1964 to 1982, also participating in the group's occasional reunions after its formal breakup. Best-known for his conceptual works, he wrote Tommy and Quadrophenia for the band, as well as the bulk of its other material. He made his first, tentative solo album, Who Came First, in 1972. ~ Allmusic: Pete Townshend ~ retrieved June 2, 2013 © Allmusic

Pete Townshend ~ Ranked Fricke's Picks: #50 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2003 ~ Townshend was arguably the first in rock to use feedback as a soloing tool. ~ 2003 © Rolling Stone

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Pete Townshend ~ Empty Glass (1980) ~ Ranked #99 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ On Empty Glass, his second solo album, Pete Townshend chronicled the personal tumult he was experiencing and initiated an adult style of songwriting that helped reenergize the singer-songwriter tradition in the Eighties. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The Who

Few bands in the history of rock & roll were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notoriously intense live performances demonstrated. The group was a whirlwind of activity, as the wild Keith Moon fell over his drum kit and Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey strutted across the stage with a thuggish menace, as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, functioning as the eye of the hurricane. These divergent personalities frequently clashed, but these frictions also resulted in a decade's worth of remarkable music - it took some five years to find their audience, but at the tail end of the 1960s they suddenly achieved a level of popularity rivaling the Rolling Stones, both as a live act and in album sales. ~ Allmusic: The Who ~ retrieved October 7, 2013 © Allmusic

The Who ~ Ranked #29 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “The Who began as spectacle. They became spectacular.” ~ Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

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