Pete Townshend Biography

Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group the Who. His career with the Who spans 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

Townshend is the primary songwriter for the Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band's 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples such as Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods. He has also written over 100 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, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, 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. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.

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 No. 3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, No. 10 in Gibson.com's list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 again in Rolling Stone magazine's updated 2011 list of the 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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The Who's Pete Townshend presented with Les Paul prize at TEC Awards

Award recognises guitarist's achievements in audio technology and production

  • Jan 27, 2013

Pete Townshend breaks silence on paedophilia scandal

The Who guitarist says he is judged unfairly by society after trying to expose child abuse

  • Sep 28, 2012

Pete Townshend announces new rock opera and forthcoming Who album

'Floss' musical is set to debut in 2011

  • Aug 25, 2009

PETE TOWNSHEND CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE

The Who guitarist says, "If I had had a gun, I would have shot myself"...

  • Dec 29, 2003

'I'M NO PAEDOPHILE' - PETE TOWNSHEND

Who legend admits studying child porn as part of campaign he was mounting against paedophilia ...

  • Jan 11, 2003

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