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Pete Townshend

Biography

Lead guitarist from the Who, the group that released strikes like “My Era.” He was inducted in to the Stone Hall of Popularity in 1990. He previously plans to become graphic designer before his music profession became popular. His grandmother bought him his 1st acoustic guitar in 1956. After using a religious awakening and learning to be a Baba disciple, he was among very few rock and roll stars who compared the usage of psychedelic medicines. He wedded Karen Astley on, may 20, 1968 plus they divorced in ’09 2009, having separated in 1994. He offers two daughters called Emma and Aminta and a child called Joseph. Eddie Vedder known as The Who the best live music group ever.

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Full Name Pete Townshend
Date Of Birth May 19, 1945
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.83 m
Profession Guitarist
Education Ealing Art College
Nationality British
Spouse Karen Astley
Children Emma Townshend, Aminta Townshend, Joseph Townshend, Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Let My Love Open the Door
Parents Cliff Townshend, Betty Townshend, Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Let My Love Open the Door
Siblings Simon Townshend, Paul Townshend, Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Let My Love Open the Door
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Brit Award for Life Achievement, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical, Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Let My Love Open the Door
Music Groups The Who, Deep End, Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Let My Love Open the Door
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance, Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, Who Are You, Baba O'Riley, Let My Love Open the Door
Movies Tommy, Quadrophenia, Tommy and Quadrophenia Live, The Kids Are Alright, Classic Albums: The Who – Who's Next, The Who at Kilburn: 1977, Live in Boston, Woodstock, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, Goodfellas, The Life & Music of Ronnie Lane: The Passing Show, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, Playing for Keeps, My Generation, The Secret Policeman's Private Parts, The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, The Who Special Edition EP, See Me Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked For Your Pleasure, Pete Townshend: Music from Lifehouse, Pete Townshend: Psychoderelict: Live in New York, John Entwistle: An Ox's Tale, SXSW: Live 2007, Who's Better, Who's Best, The Who, the Mods, and the Quadrophenia Connection, Brian Wilson: On Tour, The Who: In Their Own Words, The Who: Up Close and Personal, Dear Mr. Fantasy: A Celebration for Jim Capaldi, O Parvardigar, The Who
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1 Roger Daltrey and his musical, "The Who's Tommy," at the Paramount Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2015 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Large Musical Production.
2 Was invited by Roger Daltrey to join The Who, with the encouragement of old classmate and bass guitarist John Entwistle.
3 Townshend is pronounced towns-hend, not town-shend.
4 In 2003, was cautioned by police and placed on the sex offenders register for five years following his admission that he accessed child pornography on the Internet.
5 Is currently working with Roger Daltrey on the first The Who album of all-new material since 1982's 'It's Hard.' [January 2003]
6 His musical, "The Who's Tommy," at the Circle Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award (Non-Equity Division) for Production of a Musical.
7 He has guest appeared as lead guitarist on recordings of Elton John, David Bowie and Mick Jagger among others.
8 Was, along with Roger Daltrey, honored with a Kennedy Center Award (2008).
9 Is the best friend of Roger Daltrey, and the two are the only surviving members of The Who.
10 Lives in Richmond, England.
11 First noted rock musician to donate his service to Amnesty International, playing three songs at its 1979 benefit show The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979).
12 Has been involved with many charities since 1968 including the Meher Baba Association, The Children's Health Fund, the Bridge School, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope.
13 Helped Eric Clapton kick his heroin addiction. To repay Townshend, Clapton agreed to appear in Tommy (1975).
14 The TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and its spin-offs CSI: Miami (2002) and CSI: NY (2004) all use songs by Townshend/The Who as their theme songs: "Who are you", "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley".
15 Townshend was the winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for Life Achievement in 1983 and The Who won the British Phonographic Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1988. On 16 November 2005, The Who were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture.
16 He helped to popularize the concept of the "rock opera" with "Tommy" in 1969.
17 The cousins in the movie Tommy, who babysat for the young Tommy was an insight from Pete's childhood. His mother, who was quite promiscuous, made Pete call the men she brought home, uncle.
18 Suffered damaged to his hearing, which affected him in later life, after The Who made their first appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967), when the smoke powder in Keith Moon's bass drums, intended as an end-of-act stunt, exploded instead of just smoking copiously.
19 According to Dave Marsh in "Before I Get Old," Pete started to learn the guitar, but soon gave it up to learn to play the banjo for a Trad Jazz band he was in (the Confederates). It was only after he got into a fight with the band he was playing with that he again took up the guitar.
20 Won Broadway's 1993 Tony Award as Best Score (Musical) both music and lyrics, for "The Who's Tommy," in a tie with John Kander and Fred Ebb for "Kiss of the Spider Woman--The Musical." For the same show, he was also nominated as Best Book (Musical) with collaborator Des McAnuff.
21 The Who were voted the 29th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
22 Shares a birthday with ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, AD/DC drummer Phil Rudd and Ramones vocalist Joey Ramone.
23 He was awarded the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical Production of 1996 for Tommy performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre with John Entwistle.
24 Brother of Paul Townshend and Simon Townshend.
25 When The Who appeared on The Simpsons (1989) in 2000, Townshend was actually played by his brother, Paul.
26 The Who's 1969 album "Tommy" came third in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time (March 2003).
27 Kicked Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman off the stage at Woodstock when Hoffman interrupted The Who's performance to complain about the festival and to make a speech about imprisoned radical John Sinclair.
28 Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Who) in 1990.
29 Best known songs penned by Townshend include "My Generation", "Pinball Wizard", "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?", "See Me, Feel Me", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Baba o' Riley", and "Who are You?"
30 His daughter Emma sang on his 1985 song "Face the Face", the first single off his "White City" album. She also appeared in the video.
31 Overcame serious drug and alchohol addictions in early 1982, in what was called a "miracle cure."
32 Best known solo albums include 'Empty Glass' (1980), 'All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes' (1982), and 'White City - a Novel' (1985).
33 Officially left The Who in late 1983, one year after the band completed its "farewell" tour. At the time of the tour, the band had said they would continue to record and play live sporadically, but after rehearsing new material the following year, Townshend decided it was time to pack it in. They continue to play live and even tour on occasion, as bands often do after breaking up.
34 Longtime companion is musician Rachel Fuller.
35 When he was a young boy, his parents separated and left him with his maternal grandmother, who was clinically insane.
36 His father-in-law Edwin Astley composed the theme music for The Saint (1962).
37 His mother Betty was a singer.
38 His father Clive was a saxophonist with The Squadronaires Royal Air Force dance band.
39 Daughter, Emma, is now a recording artist in her own right.
40 Pete Townshend is the lead guitarist with The Who (rock band) along with Roger Daltrey and the late John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
41 Has three children: Emma (born in 1969), Aminta (born in 1971) and Joseph (born in 1989).


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Australia's Got Talent 2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
London Calling 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Glee 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kohta 18 2012 "Behind Blue Eyes"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Heat 2012 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Top Gear 2007-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Documentary of Life 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
O Traficante 2011 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Marlon Brando tuli Suomeen 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Can See for Miles"
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
CSI: Miami TV Series 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Goon 2011 writer: "Eminence Front" - uncredited
Acoustic at the BBC 2011 TV Movie performer: "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door"
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Substitute" uncredited, "Substitute" 1966
Louie 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "My Generation"
Cinema Verite 2011 TV Movie writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Idool 2011 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 Documentary writer: "Baba O'Riley"
20 to 1 2008-2011 TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Take Me Home Tonight 2011 performer: "Let My Love Open The Door E. Cola Mix" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door E. Cola Mix", "Let My Love Open the Door"
Red Dog 2011 "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door" - as Peter Townshend
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero 2011 Documentary writer: "My Generation"
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III 2010 TV Movie writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ricky Gervais: Live IV - Science 2010 Video writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" - uncredited
Neue Vahr Süd 2010 TV Movie writer: "My Generation"
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miral 2010 lyrics: "So Sad About Us" / music: "So Sad About Us"
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brothers & Sisters 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Bowl XLIV 2010 TV Special writer: "Pinball Wizard", "Baba O'Riley", "Who Are You", "See Me, Feel Me / Listening to You", "Won't Get Fooled Again" - uncredited
Old Dogs 2009/I performer: "Let My Love Open The Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door"
The Who: At Kilburn 1977 2009 Video writer: "I Can't Explain", "Substitute", "Baba O'Reilly", "My Wife / Going Mobile", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Dreaming from the Waist", "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", "Tommy's Holiday Camp", "My Generation", "Join Together", "Who Are You", "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Law Abiding Citizen 2009 writer: "Eminence Front"
Waking the Dead 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pirate Radio 2009 writer: "My Generation" 1965, "I Can See for Miles" 1967, "Won't Get Fooled Again" 1971 - as Peter Townshend
Oasis: Glastonbury 2004 2009 Video writer: "My Generation"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 2008 Video Game writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Life on Mars 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
MTV Two Takeover 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl 2007-2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Religulous 2008 Documentary writer: "The Seeker" - as Pete Townsend
VH1 Rock Honors: The Who 2008 TV Movie writer: "Bargain", "I Can See for Miles", "I Can't Explain", "Medley from 'Tommy'", "Squeeze Box", "Love, Reign o'er Me", "The Real Me", "Baba O'Riley", "Who Are You", "Behind Blue Eyes", "My Generation", "Tea & Theatre" - uncredited
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game writer: "The Seeker" - as P. Townshend
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atrapats pel cap d'any 2007 TV Movie writer: "Acid Queen"
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Oasis: Live from Manchester 2007 Video writer: "My Generation"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game writer: "The Seeker"
Dan in Real Life 2007 writer: "Let My Love Open The Door" 1980
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising 2007 writer: "The Seeker"
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who 2007 Documentary writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Champagne", "Cola Jam", "Substitute", "The Ox"
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Reign Over Me 2007 writer: "Love, Reign O'er Me"
Two and a Half Men 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Inspector Lewis 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Tree Hill 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Cesko hledá SuperStar 2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Who: The Vegas Job 2006 Video documentary writer: "I Can't Explain", "Substitute", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Pinball Wizard", "See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me", "Baba O'Riley", "5.15", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Who Are You", "Magic Bus", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "The Kids Are Alright", "My Generation"
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny 2006 writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
What About Brian 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Air Guitar Nation 2006 Documentary writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Life on Mars 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Movie Music Mania 2005 TV Movie documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Rush: R30 2005 Video documentary writer: "The Seeker"
Taratata 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
AT&T Blue Room 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bewitched 2005 writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" 1971
MTV Supersonic 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
House M.D. 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Fearless Freaks 2005 Documentary writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary writer: "My Generation"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Eminence Front"
Entourage 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glastonbury 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crossing Jordan 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fear and Loathing on the Front Porch 2004 Short writer: "I Can't Explain"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jersey Girl 2004 performer: "Let My Love Open The Door E.Cola Mix" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door E.Cola Mix"
EuroTrip 2004 writer: "My Generation"
The Girl Next Door 2004 writer: "BABA O'RILEY" - as Peter Townshend
Along Came Polly 2004 performer: "LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR" / writer: "LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR"
Skeppsholmen TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2003 music - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2003
Gothika 2003 writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
The Who: Live in Boston 2003 Video documentary writer: "I Can't Explain", "Substitute", "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere", "Who Are You", "Another Tricky Day", "Relay", "Bargain", "Baba O'Riley", "Sea and Sand", "5.15", "Love Reign O'er Me", "Emimence Front", "Behind Blue Eyes", "You Better You Bet", "The Kids Are Alright", "My Generation", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard", "Amazing Journey/Sparks", "See Me Feel Me", "Listening To You"
School of Rock 2003 "Substitute"
Blackball 2003 writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" - as Townshend
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 writer: "Who Are You" - as Peter Townshend
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 2003 writer: "Magic Bus"
Shanghai Knights 2003 writer: "Magic Bus The Who Matter Remix", "My Generation"
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
MTV Live Special: Oasis in Tokyo 2002 TV Movie writer: "My Generation"
10 Minutes of Noise & Confusion: Part 3 2002 Video documentary short writer: "My Generation" - uncredited
Art That Shook the World 2002 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Like Mike 2002 writer: "Going Out of My Head"
Mr. Deeds 2002 performer: "Let My Love Open The Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door"
MTV: The Super Dry Live 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When Snooker Ruled the World 2002 TV Movie documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard" - uncredited
Top of the Pops 2 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Slackers 2002 writer: "Baba O'Riley" - as Peter Townshend
Drakarna över Helsingfors 2001 writer: "Substitute"
Road to Redemption 2001 performer: "Won't Get FOoled Again" / writer: "Won't Get FOoled Again"
Alice Cooper: Brutally Live 2000 Video writer: "My Generation" DVD only
The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000 performer: "So Sad About Us" / writer: "I Can't Explain", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Pinball Wizard", "Relay", "The Kids Are Alright", "Bargain", "Magic Bus", "Who Are You", "Baba O'Riley", "Drowned", "Heart to Hang Onto", "Sunrise", "So Sad About Us", "I'm One", "Behind Blue Eyes", "You Better You Bet", "The Real Me", "5:15", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Substitute", "Let's See Action", "My Generation", "See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You"
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Almost Famous 2000 writer: "Sparks"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "My Generation"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Later... With Jools Holland 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Filth and the Fury 2000 Documentary writer: "Pictures of Lily" / writer: "Substitute" - as Townshend
Bringing Out the Dead 1999 writer: "Bell Boy" - as Peter Townshend
American Beauty 1999 writer: "The Seeker"
Outside Providence 1999 writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1999 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 writer: "My Generation" Live At The BBC
Summer of Sam 1999 writer: "Baba O'Riley" 1971, "Won't Get Fooled Again" 1971
The Limey 1999 writer: "The Seeker"
Forces of Nature 1999 writer: "Magic Bus"
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970 1998 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Can't Explain", "I Don't Even Know Myself", "Water", "My Generation", "Magic Bus", "'Tommy' Overture", "It's A Boy", "Christmas", "The Acid Queen", "Pinball Wizard", "Do You Think It's Alright", "Fiddle About", "Go To The Mirror", "Miracle Cure", "I'm Free", "We're Not Gonna Take It", "See Me Feel Me / Listening To You", "Tommy Can You Hear Me?"
Rushmore 1998 lyrics: "A Quick One While He's Away" / music: "A Quick One While He's Away"
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 TV Mini-Series writer - 2 episodes
He Got Game 1998 writer: "House of the Rising Son"
Tohuwabohu 1994-1998 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Jackal 1997 writer: "Going Out Of My Head"
Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 performer: "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door"
Fever Pitch 1997 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1997 Documentary writer: "Naked Eye"
Prefontaine 1997 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Jerry Maguire 1996 writer: "The Magic Bus", "Gettin' in Tune"
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1996 Documentary writer: "A Quick One While He's Away" - as Peter Townshend
Carla's Song 1996 writer: "Miss You Nights"
Pure Oasis 1996 TV Movie documentary writer: "My Generation" - uncredited
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special writer: "Pinball Wizard"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Senior Trip 1995 writer: "MAGIC BUS"
Apollo 13 1995 writer: "I Can See For Miles" - as Peter Townshend
Backfire! 1995 "Fire"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey 1993 Documentary writer: "I Believe My Own Eyes", "Substitute", "I Can See for Miles", "My Generation", "Pictures of Lily", "Magic Bus", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "I Can't Explain", "The Kids Are Alright"
Heartbeat 1992-1993 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Club Shinsuke 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1993 TV Special writer: "It's a Boy", "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", "See Me, Feel Me", "Listening to You"
The Wonder Years 1990-1991 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Full House 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Goodfellas 1990 writer: "Magic Bus"
Rockopop TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Look Who's Talking 1989 performer: "Let My Love Open The Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door"
How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 writer: "MY GENERATION"
Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium 1988 Video writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Rocket Gibraltar 1988 writer: "I Can't Explain"
Miami Vice TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1985 - 1986 performer - 1 episode, 1986
Playing for Keeps 1986 performer: "LIFE TO LIFE" / writer: "LIFE TO LIFE"
The American Way 1986 writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" - as Peter Townshend
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "My Generation", "Love Reign over me", "Won't get fooled again"
David Gilmour: All Lovers Are Deranged 1984 Video short writer: "All Lovers Are Deranged"
David Gilmour Live 1984 1984 Video writer: "All Lovers Are Deranged"
Genesis: The Mama Tour 1984 Video documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary writer: "My Generation", "Substitute", "Pictures of Lily", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Baba O'Riley", "Pinball Wizard" - uncredited
The Greatest American Hero 1983 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1981 - 1982 performer - 1 episode, 1981
Saimaa-ilmiö 1981 Documentary writer: "Let's See Action"
The Midnight Special TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Bad Timing 1980 writer: "Who Are You"
The Secret Policeman's Ball 1979 TV Movie documentary performer: "Won't get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard" - as Pete Townsend / writer: "Won't get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard"
Quadrophenia 1979 writer: "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "My Generation", "Love Reign Over Me" uncredited
The Kids Are Alright 1979 Documentary writer: "My Generation", "I Can't Explain", "Baba O'Riley", "Tommy Can You Hear Me", "Pinball Wizard", "We're Not Gonna Take It See Me, Feel Me", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Substitute", "I'm A Boy", "Pictures of Lily", "I Can See For Miles", "Magic Bus", "Happy Jack", "A Quick One While He's Away", "Sparks", "My Generation Blues", "Who Are You", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Long Live Rock"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special writer: "I Can't Explain"
Top of the Pops 1970-1978 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The London Weekend Show 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Teenage Beauties 1976 writer: "Welcome" - uncredited
Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl 1975 writer: "Pinball Wizard", "Go to the Mirror!" - uncredited
Tommy 1975 performer: "Prologue-1945", "Captain Walker", "It's a Boy", "Amazing Journey", "Extra, Extra, Extra", "Mother and Son", "Miracle Cure", "Sally Simpson", "Sensation", "Welcome", "T.V. Studio" - uncredited / writer: "Prologue-1945", "Captain Walker", "It's a Boy", "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "1951/What About the Boy", "Amazing Journey", "Christmas", "Acid Queen", "Do You Think It's Alright? I", "Do You Think It's Alright? II", "Do You Think It's Alright? III", "Sparks", "Extra, Extra, Extra", "Pinbal
Love in Maid 1975 writer: "Baba O'Riley" - uncredited
Rape Victims 1975 writer: "Overture" - uncredited
That'll Be the Day 1973 writer: "Long Live Rock"
Oceans 1971 Documentary writer: "See Me, Feel Me / Listening to You" - uncredited
The Strawberry Statement 1970 producer: "Something In The Air" - as Peter Townshend
Em Compasso de Espera 1969 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Pop Go the Sixties! 1969 TV Movie writer: "I Can See For Miles"
The Magic Christian 1969 producer: "Something In The Air" - as Peter Townshend
Omnibus 1968 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
No More Excuses 1968 writer: "I Can't Reach You"
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature 2017 writer: "Behind Blue Eyes" post-production
The Who Suomessa 1967 Documentary short writer: "Substitute", "My Generation"
Tähdet, tähdet 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965-1966 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
War Dogs 2016 writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Roadies 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Infiltrator 2016 writer: "Eminence Front"
The Comix Scrutinizer 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Angry Birds 2016 writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
World Championship Snooker 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
FA Youth Cup 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Mavericks 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ladbrokes Players Championship 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015-2016 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 performer: "Rough Boys" / writer: "Rough Boys"
Vinyl 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Snooker: Welsh Open 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music Moguls: Masters of Pop 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Masters Snooker 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Rack Pack 2016 writer: "Baba O'Riley", "Won't Get Fooled Again" - uncredited
Strictly Come Dancing 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Cyber 2015 TV Series 16 episodes
CSI: Immortality 2015 TV Movie "Who Are You"
Far Out 2015 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie writer: "Long Live Rock"
Slash 3 2015 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Whatever Happened to Rock 'n' Roll? 2015 TV Movie writer: "My Generation" - uncredited
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minions 2015 writer: "My Generation"
Aquarius 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Aloha 2015/I writer: "I Can See for Miles"
Entourage 2015 writer: "Eminence Front"
The Simpsons TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2004 - 2015 lyrics - 1 episode, 2000
Supernatural 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Family Guy 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Blacklist 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2009-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Breakfast 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000-2014 TV Series 131 episodes
Red Band Society 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Howard Stern Birthday Bash 2014 Video writer: "Robin's Vegucation My Generation"
An Interview with Batman 2014 Short writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
United Passions 2014 writer: "Substitute" - as Pete Townsend
Californication TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2008 - 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2014
Danny Baker Rocks... (A Bit) 2014 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Goldbergs 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Newsroom 2012-2013 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Pawn Stars 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Americans TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
When Albums Ruled the World 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard", "I Can't Explain" uncredited
Person of Interest 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: NY TV Series 9 episodes, 2011 - 2012 writer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2009
The Who Live in Texas '75 2012 Video writer: "Substitute", "I Can't Explain", "Squeeze Box", "Baba O'Riley", "Drowned", "However Much I Booze", "Dreaming From The Waist", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Amazing Journey", "Sparks", "Acid Queen", "Fiddle About", "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", "Tommy's Holiday Camp", "We're Not Gonna Take It", "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You", "My Generation", "Join Together", "Naked Eye", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Magic Bus", "My Generation Blues" - uncredited
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2012 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Premium Rush 2012 writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Hit and Run 2012 performer: "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door" - as Peter Townshend

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Word Made Flesh: Sir Peter Blake 2015 Short
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story 2012
The Who: 5:15 2011 Video short
On Tour: The Who Virtual Ticket 2008 TV Movie
The Who: Fragments 2007 Video documentary
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who 2005 Video documentary
La montagna cava 2000 TV Short documentary
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure 1996 Video Game
White City 1985
Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising 1970

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CSI: NY TV Series composer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
David Gilmour Live 1984 1984 Video lyrics
McVicar 1980 music consultant / musician: guitar
Quadrophenia 1979 musical director
Tommy 1975 musical director / musician: arp synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, piano - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quadrophenia: Live in London 2014
Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show 2010 TV Movie The Who (as Pete Townsend)
The Who: At Kilburn 1977 2009 Video Guitar
The Simpsons 2000 TV Series Pete Townshend
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb 1993 voice, as Pete Townsend
White City 1985 Pete Fountain
Heads 1969 Short as Peter Townshend
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series The Wicked Stepmother

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who 2005 Video documentary written by
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure 1996 Video Game
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey 1993 Documentary book and play
Great Performances 1993 TV Series written by - 1 episode
White City 1985 written by
Quadrophenia 1979 uncredited
Tommy 1975 rock opera

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends 2009 Video executive producer
The Iron Giant 1999 executive producer
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure 1996 Video Game producer
White City 1985 producer
Quadrophenia 1979 executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quadrophenia 1979 story consultant
Tommy 1975 music synthesizer programmer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Delia 1976 Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Dog 2011 Nelson Woss would like to thank
The Fratellis: The Year of the Thief 2008 Video documentary short thanks
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who 2007 Documentary acknowledgment: photos courtesy of
Astley's Way 2001 TV Movie documentary special thanks
American Beauty 1999 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunday AM 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Daily Show 2012 TV Series Himself
The Who Live in Texas '75 2012 Video Himself (guitar & vocals)
Today 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story 2012 Himself - Interviewee / Guitarist
Melvyn Bragg on Class & Culture 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Pete Townsend)
The Bridge School Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition 2011 Video Himself
Des McAnuff: A Life in Stages 2010 Documentary Himself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love 2009 Video Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up 2009 Video Himself
Woodstock: Now & Then 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends 2009 Video Himself
The Who at the London Coliseum 1969 2009 Video Himself (Guitar)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2008 TV Special Himself - Honoree
The Story of the Guitar 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
VH1 Rock Honors: The Who 2008 TV Movie Himself
On Tour: The Who Virtual Ticket 2008 TV Movie Himself
Pop Britannia 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Martino Unstrung 2008 Video documentary Himself
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who 2007 Documentary Himself
The Who: Fragments 2007 Video documentary Himself
The Who: The Vegas Job 2006 Video documentary Himself
The Who: Live at Lyon 2006 Video short Himself (Guitars, Vocals)
Top Gear 2006 TV Series Himself
An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story 2006 Documentary Himself
The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane 2006 Documentary Himself
Live 8: A Bittersweet Symphony 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who 2005 Video documentary Guitar, Vocals
Kept 2005 TV Series Himself
Youthquake '65: The London Pop Explosion 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brit Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Congratulate for Bob Geldof
The Who: Live in Boston 2003 Video documentary Himself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself
Brian Wilson on Tour 2003 Video documentary Himself
One Who Day 2002 Documentary Himself
The Who Weekend 2002 Video Himself (The Who)
Astley's Way 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Being Mick 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Concert for New York City 2001 TV Special documentary Performers (as The Who)
Rock Icons: Psychedelic High 2001 Video Himself
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Pete Townshend
Pipe Dreams 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself (The Who)
The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000 Himself
The Beatles Revolution 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
My Generation 2000 Documentary Himself (The Who)
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1998-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
VH1 Storytellers 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Lifehouse Concert 2000 Himself
Pixelon's iBash 1999 Documentary Himself (The Who)
Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next 1999 Video documentary
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (The Who)
Feed Your Head 1997 Documentary short Himself (Interview)
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1997 Documentary Himself (The Who)
VH1 Legends 1997 TV Series documentary Himself (The Who)
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1996 Documentary Himself - The Who
Mastercard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince's Trust 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 1996 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Himself
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure 1996 Video Game Himself
1996 VH1 Honors 1996 TV Movie Himself (as Pete Townsend)
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself (The Who) / Himself
London Tonight 1995 TV Series Himself
Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who 1994 Documentary Himself
The Rockers Are Alright 1994 Video documentary Himself
The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Woodstock Diary 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself (as The Who)
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey 1993 Documentary Himself (The Who)
Great Performances 1993 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1985-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
Grateful Dead: Backstage Pass 1992 Video short Himself
The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy 1989 TV Movie documentary Guitars & Vocals Mr. Walker Mrs. Walker ...
The Who Live at Giants Stadium 1989 Himself (The Who)
MTV Rocumentary: The Story of the Who 1988 TV Special documentary Himself (The Who)
The Who: Who's Better Who's Best 1988 Documentary Himself
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll 1988 TV Movie Himself (as Pete Townsend)
The Britannia Music Awards 1988 1988 TV Special Himself (as The Who)
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself
Deep End 1985 Documentary Himself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 2 1985 Documentary Himself (The Who)
The South Bank Show 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (as The Who)
Album Flash 1984 TV Series documentary Himself / Interviewed
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts 1984 Documentary Himself
David Gilmour: After the Floyd 1984 Video short Himself
David Gilmour Live 1984 1984 Video Himself - in Documentary After the Floyd
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary Himself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 1 1983 Documentary Himself (as The Who)
Roger Daltrey 1983 TV Special Himself
All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes 1982 Short documentary
Pete Townshend 1982 Documentary short Himself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1982 Documentary Himself
The Who Rocks America 1982 1982 Documentary Himself
Rockpalast 1981 TV Series Himself (guiter)
Top of the Pops 1965-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Who
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series Himself (on film) / Himself
Rockestra 1979 Documentary short Himself - Musician
The Secret Policeman's Ball 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kids Are Alright 1979 Documentary Himself (The Who)
San Francisco Good Times 1977 Documentary Himself
Tommy 1975 Himself
2nd House 1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Who
La fête aujourd'hui, la fête demain 1974 Documentary Himself (The Who)
Jimi Hendrix 1973 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Russell Harty Plus 1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Who
Whatever Happened to Tin Pan Alley? 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Pete Townsend)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Himself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet 1970 TV Series Himself - Musician
Woodstock 1970 Documentary Himself - The Who (uncredited)
Schlag auf Schlager 1970 TV Movie Himself (as The Who)
Beat-Club 1967-1969 TV Series Himself - Musician
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary Himself
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performers (as The Who)
Omnibus 1968 TV Series documentary Himself
The Sound of Change 1968 TV Movie Himself (as Pete Townsend)
Melodien einer Stadt 1968 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
Hoepla 1967 TV Series documentary Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
Popside 1966 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Himself - The Who
A Whole Scene Going 1966 TV Series Himself
Carousella 1966 Documentary short Himself (as The Who)
Take Thirty 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1965 TV Series Himself
Born on Thursday Documentary short completed Himself
The Who Live in Hyde Park 2015 Video Himself - guitarist, vocals
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho 2015 Documentary
Jean-Michel Jarre: A Journey Into Sound 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - The Who
Lambert & Stamp 2014 Documentary Himself
12-12-12 2013 Documentary Himself (as Pete Townsend)
The Who: The Making of Tommy 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me? 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
28th Annual NAMM/TEC Les Paul Award Tribute Honoring Pete Townshend 2013 Short Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Super Bowl XLIV Interviewee to Andy Kindler / ...

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get All That, Ant? 2015 Documentary
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie Himself (as The Who)
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - The Who
Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 Documentary Himself
Acoustic at the BBC 2011 TV Movie Himself
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Let's Spend the Night Together 2010 Documentary Himself
Biography 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Waiting for Hockney 2008 Documentary Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Final 24 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Drug Years 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Who: Music in Review - The Moon Years 2006 Video documentary
Movie Music Mania 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Britpop Story 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux 2002 Himself (uncredited)
Omnibus 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 2 1995 TV Series Himself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties 1986 Documentary short Himself (The Who)
Top of the Pops 1978-1981 TV Series Himself - Member: The Who / Himself - The Who
Rock City 1973 Documentary Himself (as The Who)
Beat-Club 1966-1967 TV Series Himself - Musician

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2013 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: NY (2004)
2009 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: NY (2004) · Bill Brown
2009 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Miami (2002) · Kevin Kiner
2009 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2008 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: NY (2004) · Bill Brown
2008 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Miami (2002) · Kevin Kiner
2008 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2005 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) · John M. Keane
2005 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Miami (2002) · Kevin Kiner
2005 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: NY (2004) · Bill Brown
2004 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2004 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Miami (2002)
2003 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2003 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Miami (2002)
2002 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2001 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Golden Rose Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Arts Documentary The Story of the Guitar (2008) · Alan Yentob
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Motion Picture or Miniseries From the Earth to the Moon (1998) · Jeff Beal
· Mason Daring
· Brad Fiedel
· James Newton Howard
· Mark Isham
· Michael Kamen
· Mark Mancina
· Marc Shaiman
1991 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Music Video - Long Form The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy (1989) · Roger Daltrey (artist)
· John Entwistle (artist)
· Lawrence Jordan (video director)
1987 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Music Video, Long Form White City (1985) · Richard Lowenstein (video director)
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Tommy (1975)


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#Quote
1 David Bowie had heard a lot of my demos and was very encouraging. He loved the William S. Burroughs 'cut-up' techniques and liked the fact I was using words for words' sake.
2 I felt that The Who had ended because we'd lost touch with our original Shepherd's Bush audience. We were making good tracks--like "Eminence Front" on "It's Hard" and "You Better You Bet" on "Face Dances"--but they were more to do with the decadence of the rock world than our old crowd.
3 [on "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes"] This LP is close to a masterpiece by my own terms. Yes, some critics accused me of being self-indulgent. This is the moment you realise you've become a genius when a mere critic calls you self-indulgent or pretentious. The fact that critics found it self-indulgent made me realise that they couldn't believe I could write a song about anyone but myself. Many of my harshest critics are wonderful writers themselves, but many of them really do think they can read the inside from looking at the outside. The difference between an artist and a journalist is that an artist deals in truth, whereas journalists deal in facts and opinions. If my process appears indulgent it might simply be because I take the most embarrassing risks.
4 When it came to do "Street In The City" I was keen to do some orchestral work with my father-in-law, Edwin Astley. He'd semi-retired from doing TV themes and I thought he was a genius. I grew up listening to George Gershwin and Cole Porter, as did so many other post-war kids. So it has to have had some influence. Edwin went on to orchestrate quite a few songs for me.
5 There was always great friendship between me and Ronnie [Ronnie Lane]. And this went further in that we liked exactly the same music. Ronnie had become disenchanted with his lot in The Faces, with Rod Stewart, and had left to go solo. He hit money trouble almost straight away, and needed my help to get a record deal.
6 Was I amused by the idea of "Rough Boys" as a "coming out" song? I've never hidden my sexual liberalism and I may even have played along sometimes, to the extent that there's an irony in inviting a snotty punk in a leather jacket and a dog collar to kiss you because you've mistaken them for The Village People. But the first time I saw that kind of punk outfit was probably in the aggressive early gay clubs of New York. If I was in those clubs it would be with gay friends, usually with a girl in tow. I got knobbled a few times in gay situations and have never regretted it. I'm heterosexual but I've never really made a big deal out of it. I'm not Jack Nicholson. He won't even hug another man.
7 "The Who By Numbers" is high on [Roger Daltrey's] list of best-ever [The Who] records. He was a real editor on it. I delivered 35 demos and he chose the tracks we'd include.
8 One of our problems was UK tax at 90 per cent. We became a machine working only to keep our roadies alive. They formed their own company and became more successful than we were - they had better tax breaks at that time.
9 "Who's Next" is a great record, but it's a compromise. It could have been greater if people's attention span was longer and if vinyl allowed more time.
10 It was very interesting to hear the Rolling Stone review of The Who show at Barclays in Brooklyn. The review said "Quadrophenia" was terrific done Roger Daltrey's way, freed from Townshend's overthinking. What made it sting a little is that I know that it's true. I do overthink.
11 [on Bob Dylan] He is a rambling kind of guy. He's his own man, slightly more grounded than I am, as far as staying in his own space. He's quite a good friend, actually. We've got a lot in common.
12 [on his song "Who Are You" being used as a TV theme] I can afford to sit on my haunches and watch [CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)] and every time it goes on I go "Ka-ching!".
13 I always thought that The Who would be very brief, and that I would shut it down after a while and sit in my apartment in Soho, making kinetic sculptures. I'd say I've been in stasis for quite a long time--and the word means either perpetual motion or perpetual stillness. I've been whirling on the spot for quite a long time. The thing about The Who for me--and this is sad in a way--is the amount of control I've had to have, keeping the creative process close to my chest, making sure the other guys in the band felt they were part of the process, but they really weren't.
14 Years ago I admitted to managing to save my marriage by the occasional use of pornography on the road, particularly if I was feeling emotionally vulnerable. Pornography would be a way of surviving on the oil rig of the rock'n'roll world.
15 [on his devotion to charity work] I needed to give back, give back, give back. I felt guilty about my success. I felt uncomfortable about how easily I had been delivered this extraordinary life that I had. I have to admit that at 66 years old, of all the things I have achieved in my life, I am most proud of the work I have done - mostly behind the scenes - to help establish and run innovative systems of rehabilitation and support for what society tends to see as its human failures.
16 There's a sense of being in front of a bunch of fans who really want to see you fight on stage, or scowl at each other, or die. They want to be there when you die. I don't like fans really. But that's because they're my employer--I don't like the boss. I feel much happier about the record company giving me a load of money to piss away rather than someone coming up to me in the street saying, "I saw you in blah, blah, blah and you were really great--when are you going to do another tour?" Of course, without them I wouldn't exist.
17 [11/20/75 in Houston, Texas, just before The Who's US tour] I've stopped drinking and I haven't lost my nerve on stage, not yet. Keith Moon has started smashing up his hotel rooms again, which is always a good sign.
18 [1966 interview in "Melody Maker" magazine] Keith Moon used to be lots of fun. Unfortunately, he's turning into a little old man. He used to be young and unaffected by pop music, but now he is obsessed with money.
19 [c. 1966] Keith Moon is not interested in jazz and won't ever be a jazz drummer because he's more interested in looking good and being screamed at.
20 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) has done a lot of damage to the image of swinging London, parodying what had already been parodied by lazy American newsreels over the years...It was a vital rebellion. Everything was turned on its head. Girls looked like boys, boys wore eyeliner and danced alone or in pairs like girls. Today we are facing something of the same kind of upheaval.
21 [2008] There's this idea of learning to play just like Jimi Hendrix, it's still around in all these guitar magazines with their transcriptions, and I just think, "Why?". There are different kinds of guitar players. There are those who want to play the songs exactly like the record, and then they're happy. And there's others like me who want to know how the songs are made, the structure, the chords.
22 The Kinks were much more quintessentially English. I always think that Ray Davies should one day be Poet Laureate. He invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for Pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning.
23 [about Lynyrd Skynyrd, who were opening for The Who on a tour in the early '70s] They're really quite good, aren't they?
24 [1979, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979] We're on the brink of something new. It will be similar to the invention of the American musical in the '30s. There will be a conceptualized, musical-video product and everyone's waiting for the first "Sergeant Pepper", if you like, on video-disc. The contemporary musical form is about to be discovered.
25 [in 1968, about his rock opera "Tommy"] It's a very complex thing, and I don't know if I'm getting it across.
26 The bad part about growing older is I'm going bald. The good part is my nose seems to be getting shorter.
27 It's not the fact that I WAS brilliant, I AM brilliant.

#Trademark
1 Elongated nose
2 Beard
3 Often starts songs with a simple four chord riff
4 Powerslide (hitting a power chord while jumping and sliding across the stage on his knees)
5 Revolutionised the use of Gibson SG guitars
6 "The Windmill" (strumming a guitar by swinging the whole extended arm in a circle)
7 Smashes his guitars after great live performances

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