Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Actor

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Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than forty years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s, and, according to Eddie Vedder, "possibly the greatest live band ever."

Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples like Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations like Odds & Sods. He has also written over one hundred songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. Townshend has never had formal lessons in any of the instruments he plays.

Townshend has also been a contributor and author of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, as well as collaborating as a lyricist (and composer) for many other musical acts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, #10 in Gibson.com's list of the top fifty guitarists, and #50 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list: 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990.

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Birthday

May 19, 1945

Place of birth

London, England, UK

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The Who - The Making of Tommy

1968 was a time of soul searching for the band - with three badly performing singles behind them th… Read more

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The Who Sensation: The Story of Tommy

The Who's seminal double album 'Tommy', released in 1969, is a milestone in rock history. It revita… Read more

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The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall

The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a concert film of The Who's concert … Read more

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Listening to You: The Who Live at the Isle of Wight

Mod rockers the Who are captured live by director Murray Lerner at the legendary Isle of Wight fest… Read more

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Acoustic At The BBC

A journey through some of the finest moments of acoustic guitar performances from the BBC archives,… Read more

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The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970

Filmed in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival, this classic concert captures The Who at the height o… Read more

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Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball?

The Secret Policeman benefit shows for Amnesty International brought together comedy grand masters … Read more

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Monterey Pop

Legendary California music festival (pre-Woodstock) that launched the state-side careers of several… Read more

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The Kids Are Alright

Through concert performances and interviews, this film offers us an "inside look" at this famous ro… Read more

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The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane

BBC documentary on the Small Faces' Ronnie Lane, which has since had its own standalone DVD release. Read more

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Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who

A documentary on The Who, featuring interviews with the band's two surviving members, Pete Townshen… Read more

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The Who - Who's Next

In this 1999 documentary, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle discuss the making of wh… Read more

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Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?

In his home studio and revisiting old haunts in Shepherds Bush and Battersea, Pete Townshend opens … Read more

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Jimi Hendrix

This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death. At the time it was an ex… Read more

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The Who: Live in Hyde Park

The Who’s epic 50th Anniversary Tour finale show, recorded at Hyde Park. Experience all the greates… Read more

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Lennon or McCartney

550 Artists. 1 Question. Lennon or McCartney. Read more

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Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall

A history and tribute to British Jim Marshall's amplifiers, which since then became the standard of… Read more

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Les chemins perdus

Series of three short 'Pop Films' directed between 1966 - 67 for French television by Philippe Garr… Read more