Pete Townshend

About Pete Townshend

Although known first and foremost as the principal songwriter and guitarist of The Who, Pete Townshend has also forged a successful solo career. It was his guitar-smashing, anarchic stage performances in the 1960s that made The Who a concert sensation for the next four decades, and many single out Townshend as the original punk rocker. His solo albums, however (not to mention many of his Who compositions), featured increasingly sophisticated, thoughtful songwriting, often matched with intricate production that moved beyond the Who's power-trio (plus singer) dynamics. Further pursuing his literary side, Townshend also worked as an editor, released a book of his own stories, and started his own book publishing company.

    Chiswick, London, England
  • BORN
    May 19, 1945

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