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Pete Townshend

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Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician. He is co-founder, leader, guitarist, second lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s.Townshend has written more than 100 songs for 12 of the Who's studio albums. These include concept albums, the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who's Next; as well as dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). He has also written more than 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs.

While known primarily as a guitarist, Townshend also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums; he is self-taught on all of these instruments and plays on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists' recordings.

Townshend has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, and he has collaborated as a lyricist and composer for many other musical acts. Due to his aggressive playing style and innovative songwriting techniques, Townshend's works with the Who and in other projects have earned him critical acclaim.

In 1983, Townshend received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who. Townshend was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh's 1994 list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists. In 2001, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Who; and in 2008 he received Kennedy Center Honors. He was ranked No. 10 in Gibson.com's 2011 list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 in Rolling Stone's updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He and Roger Daltrey received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on 21 May 2016.

Articles

May 17, 2022

The Who’s Manager Talks ‘Very Emotional’ Return to Cincinnati, What He Said to Pete Townshend Before Show: Exclusive

Bill Curbishley tells Billboard that Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was "very upset" that COVID prevented him from joining the band on stage during Sunday's show.

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May 13, 2022

Pete Townshend Hopes The Who’s Emotional Return to Cincinnati 43 Years After Tragedy ‘Will Bring Us All Together’

The band hasn't played in the Queen City since 11 fans were killed in a crowd crush in 1979.

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May 6, 2022

The Who’s Pete Townshend says he “tried everything” to keep Keith Moon alive

"I was obsessed with trying to keep Keith alive" The post The Who’s Pete Townshend says he “tried everything” to keep Keith Moon alive appeared first on NME.

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May 6, 2022

Pete Townshend Talks Finding Peace After ‘Blood and Guts’ Adventures With the Who

Hear an excerpt from the rocker's contribution to the Audible Original Words + Music series, Somebody Saved Me

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April 28, 2022

The Who’s Pete Townshend Says Audible Original ‘Words + Music’ Allowed Him to Talk About ‘Dangerous’ Period in Career

The guitarist touches on his first kiss, Keith Moon's death and struggling to keep The Who together during a tumultuous time in the band's career.

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March 29, 2022

Watch The Who play Pete Townshend solo track for first time in 33 years

The band also debuted 'Beads On One String' in support of Ukraine The post Watch The Who play Pete Townshend solo track for first time in 33 years appeared first on NME.

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March 28, 2022

Watch the Who Play ‘Let My Love Open the Door’ at First Concert Since Pandemic

The first Who performance of this 1989 Pete Townshend hit was the highlight of their ramshackle acoustic gig for the Teenage Cancer Trust

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February 18, 2022

‘She’s Not Free’: Inside Roger Waters’ Quest to Release a Jailed Kurdish Musician

While Nûdem Durak sits in a Turkish prison, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Brian May and more have rallied to get the singer-songwriter a new trial

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February 13, 2022

Pete Townshend on the Who’s 2022 Tour, the Keith Moon Biopic, and His Inevitable Retirement

The guitarist also sounds off on the absurdity of NFTs, the future of classic rock, the Spotify controversy, why he loves Freaks and Geeks, and more

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February 7, 2022

The Who Announce 2022 North American ‘Who Hits Back!’ Tour

The upcoming tour will again pair Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend with orchestras.

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February 7, 2022

The Who Announce Dates for 2022 North American Tour

Band's upcoming shows will once again pair Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey with local symphonies

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February 6, 2022

The Who’s Pete Townshend seems to be making a new solo album

Townshend’s most recent efforts as a solo artist came in 2015 The post The Who’s Pete Townshend seems to be making a new solo album appeared first on NME.

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December 17, 2021

Lyric & Northleaf Launch $300M Bond Backed by Pete Townshend, Tim McGraw Royalties

A sub-section of Spirit Music Group’s catalog comprising over 52,000 compositions and recordings will back the bonds.

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October 7, 2021

The Who’s Pete Townshend leaves behind his home studio as he vacates residence of 26 years

The musician's London home was sold back in August The post The Who’s Pete Townshend leaves behind his home studio as he vacates residence of 26 years appeared first on NME.

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October 6, 2021

Pete Townshend Ditches Home Studio, Keeps Neve Console Used on ‘Quadrophenia’

"This console has so much mojo for me," guitarist says. "I’ve rarely managed to get a bad sound out of it"

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August 25, 2021

The Who’s Pete Townshend shares tribute to Charlie Watts: “Such a lovely man”

He recalled how the late Rolling Stones drummer "wept at Keith Moon’s funeral" The post The Who’s Pete Townshend shares tribute to Charlie Watts: “Such a lovely man” appeared first on NME.

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August 24, 2021

Pete Townshend Pens Touching Tribute to Charlie Watts: ‘Full Moon. Rainbow. Always a Sign’

"Charlie Watts wept at Keith Moon’s funeral," Townshend wrote. "I wish I was capable of such tears today. Instead, I just want to say goodbye"

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August 3, 2021

The Who’s Pete Townshend’s £15 million London home has been sold

The Richmond Hill residence was once owned by Ronnie Wood The post The Who’s Pete Townshend’s £15 million London home has been sold appeared first on NME.

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June 1, 2021

The Who’s Pete Townshend says he used to be pansexual

"I was ready to fall into bed with anybody that would have me" The post The Who’s Pete Townshend says he used to be pansexual appeared first on NME.

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April 27, 2021

The Who Go All Out With ‘The Who Sell Out’ Super Deluxe Box Set

A new box set brings one of the band's most pivotal albums into focus with outtakes, alternate versions, and Pete Townshend's demo recordings

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March 12, 2021

Mick Fleetwood on His All-Star Tribute to Peter Green and Early Fleetwood Mac

The drummer explains how he roped Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, Noel Gallagher, and Kirk Hammett into his 2020 Peter Green tribute show

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February 26, 2021

The Who Prep Giant ‘The Who Sell Out’ Reissue

Super Deluxe edition features 46 unreleased recordings, including Pete Townshend's original demos for the 1967 LP

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February 22, 2021

Pete Townshend teases new The Who album post-lockdown: “There’s pages and pages of draft lyrics”

"If the moment comes, I’ll go in and start" The post Pete Townshend teases new The Who album post-lockdown: “There’s pages and pages of draft lyrics” appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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January 21, 2021

Drummer Simon Phillips on His Years With the Who, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, and Toto

The journeyman drummer has also played with Judas Priest, Jeff Beck, and Jack Bruce, and appeared on Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door"

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Discs

Lay On, Take Off

June 3, 2022

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Only Attraction

December 18, 2021

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The Who´s Tommy - Das Rockmusical - Deutschsprachige Gesamtaufnahme Live

December 4, 2015

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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

June 5, 2015

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Who's Serious

January 1, 1998

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Scoop 3

January 1, 1994

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Psychoderelict

June 15, 1993

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The Iron Man: The Musical By Pete Townshend

June 27, 1989

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Before & After the Who: The Interview

March 20, 1989

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Another Scoop

July 8, 1987

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Deep End Live!

August 1, 1986

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White City: A Novel

November 30, 1985

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Scoop

April 1, 1983

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All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

June 14, 1982

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Empty Glass

April 21, 1980

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Rough Mix

September 16, 1977

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Who Came First (Deluxe)

October 1, 1972

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