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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.

Quick Facts


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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1Roger 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.
2Was invited by Roger Daltrey to join The Who, with the encouragement of old classmate and bass guitarist John Entwistle.
3Townshend is pronounced towns-hend, not town-shend.
4In 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.
5Is currently working with Roger Daltrey on the first The Who album of all-new material since 1982's 'It's Hard.' [January 2003]
6His 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.
7He has guest appeared as lead guitarist on recordings of Elton John, David Bowie and Mick Jagger among others.
8Was, along with Roger Daltrey, honored with a Kennedy Center Award (2008).
9Is the best friend of Roger Daltrey, and the two are the only surviving members of The Who.
10Lives in Richmond, England.
11First noted rock musician to donate his service to Amnesty International, playing three songs at its 1979 benefit show The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979).
12Has 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.
13Helped Eric Clapton kick his heroin addiction. To repay Townshend, Clapton agreed to appear in Tommy (1975).
14The 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".
15Townshend 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.
16He helped to popularize the concept of the "rock opera" with "Tommy" in 1969.
17The 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.
18Suffered 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.
19According 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.
20Won 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.
21The Who were voted the 29th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
22Shares a birthday with ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, AD/DC drummer Phil Rudd and Ramones vocalist Joey Ramone.
23He was awarded the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical Production of 1996 for Tommy performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre with John Entwistle.
24Brother of Paul Townshend and Simon Townshend.
25When The Who appeared on The Simpsons (1989) in 2000, Townshend was actually played by his brother, Paul.
26The Who's 1969 album "Tommy" came third in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time (March 2003).
27Kicked 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.
28Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Who) in 1990.
29Best 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?"
30His daughter Emma sang on his 1985 song "Face the Face", the first single off his "White City" album. She also appeared in the video.
31Overcame serious drug and alchohol addictions in early 1982, in what was called a "miracle cure."
32Best known solo albums include 'Empty Glass' (1980), 'All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes' (1982), and 'White City - a Novel' (1985).
33Officially 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.
34Longtime companion is musician Rachel Fuller.
35When he was a young boy, his parents separated and left him with his maternal grandmother, who was clinically insane.
36His father-in-law Edwin Astley composed the theme music for The Saint (1962).
37His mother Betty was a singer.
38His father Clive was a saxophonist with The Squadronaires Royal Air Force dance band.
39Daughter, Emma, is now a recording artist in her own right.
40Pete Townshend is the lead guitarist with The Who (rock band) along with Roger Daltrey and the late John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
41Has three children: Emma (born in 1969), Aminta (born in 1971) and Joseph (born in 1989).


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Australia's Got Talent2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
London Calling2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Glee2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kohta 182012"Behind Blue Eyes"
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Heat2012TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Top Gear2007-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Documentary of Life2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
O Traficante2011writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Marlon Brando tuli Suomeen2011TV Movie documentary writer: "I Can See for Miles"
Formula 1: BBC Sport2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
CSI: MiamiTV Series 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Goon2011writer: "Eminence Front" - uncredited
Acoustic at the BBC2011TV Movie performer: "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door"
When Rock Goes Acoustic2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Substitute" uncredited, "Substitute" 1966
Louie2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "My Generation"
Cinema Verite2011TV Movie writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Idool 20112011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop2011Documentary writer: "Baba O'Riley"
20 to 12008-2011TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Take Me Home Tonight2011performer: "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 Dog2011"Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door" - as Peter Townshend
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero2011Documentary writer: "My Generation"
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III2010TV Movie writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ricky Gervais: Live IV - Science2010Video writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" - uncredited
Neue Vahr Süd2010TV Movie writer: "My Generation"
The Good Guys2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miral2010lyrics: "So Sad About Us" / music: "So Sad About Us"
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brothers & Sisters2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Bowl XLIV2010TV Special writer: "Pinball Wizard", "Baba O'Riley", "Who Are You", "See Me, Feel Me / Listening to You", "Won't Get Fooled Again" - uncredited
Old Dogs2009/Iperformer: "Let My Love Open The Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door"
The Who: At Kilburn 19772009Video 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 Citizen2009writer: "Eminence Front"
Waking the Dead2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pirate Radio2009writer: "My Generation" 1965, "I Can See for Miles" 1967, "Won't Get Fooled Again" 1971 - as Peter Townshend
Oasis: Glastonbury 20042009Video writer: "My Generation"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 22008Video Game writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Life on Mars2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
MTV Two Takeover2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl2007-2008TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Religulous2008Documentary writer: "The Seeker" - as Pete Townsend
VH1 Rock Honors: The Who2008TV 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
Idols2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game writer: "The Seeker" - as P. Townshend
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atrapats pel cap d'any2007TV Movie writer: "Acid Queen"
Idols2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Oasis: Live from Manchester2007Video writer: "My Generation"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "The Seeker"
Dan in Real Life2007writer: "Let My Love Open The Door" 1980
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising2007writer: "The Seeker"
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Champagne", "Cola Jam", "Substitute", "The Ox"
American Masters2007TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Reign Over Me2007writer: "Love, Reign O'er Me"
Two and a Half Men2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Inspector Lewis2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Tree Hill2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Band2007Video Game writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Cesko hledá SuperStar2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Who: The Vegas Job2006Video 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 Destiny2006writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
What About Brian2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Air Guitar Nation2006Documentary writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Life on Mars2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Movie Music Mania2005TV Movie documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Rush: R302005Video documentary writer: "The Seeker"
Taratata2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Veronica Mars2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
AT&T Blue Room2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bewitched2005writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" 1971
MTV Supersonic2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
House M.D.2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Fearless Freaks2005Documentary writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentary writer: "My Generation"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Eminence Front"
Entourage2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glastonbury 20042004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crossing Jordan2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fear and Loathing on the Front Porch2004Short writer: "I Can't Explain"
New Zealand Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jersey Girl2004performer: "Let My Love Open The Door E.Cola Mix" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door E.Cola Mix"
EuroTrip2004writer: "My Generation"
The Girl Next Door2004writer: "BABA O'RILEY" - as Peter Townshend
Along Came Polly2004performer: "LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR" / writer: "LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR"
SkeppsholmenTV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2003 music - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2003
Gothika2003writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
The Who: Live in Boston2003Video 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 Rock2003"Substitute"
Blackball2003writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" - as Townshend
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle2003writer: "Who Are You" - as Peter Townshend
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003writer: "Magic Bus"
Shanghai Knights2003writer: "Magic Bus The Who Matter Remix", "My Generation"
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind2002writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
MTV Live Special: Oasis in Tokyo2002TV Movie writer: "My Generation"
10 Minutes of Noise & Confusion: Part 32002Video documentary short writer: "My Generation" - uncredited
Art That Shook the World2002TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Like Mike2002writer: "Going Out of My Head"
Mr. Deeds2002performer: "Let My Love Open The Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door"
MTV: The Super Dry Live2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
When Snooker Ruled the World2002TV Movie documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard" - uncredited
Top of the Pops 22002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Slackers2002writer: "Baba O'Riley" - as Peter Townshend
Drakarna över Helsingfors2001writer: "Substitute"
Road to Redemption2001performer: "Won't Get FOoled Again" / writer: "Won't Get FOoled Again"
Alice Cooper: Brutally Live2000Video writer: "My Generation" DVD only
The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall2000performer: "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 Geeks2000TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Almost Famous2000writer: "Sparks"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary writer: "My Generation"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Later... With Jools Holland2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Filth and the Fury2000Documentary writer: "Pictures of Lily" / writer: "Substitute" - as Townshend
Bringing Out the Dead1999writer: "Bell Boy" - as Peter Townshend
American Beauty1999writer: "The Seeker"
Outside Providence1999writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Mystery Science Theater 30001992-1999TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me1999writer: "My Generation" Live At The BBC
Summer of Sam1999writer: "Baba O'Riley" 1971, "Won't Get Fooled Again" 1971
The Limey1999writer: "The Seeker"
Forces of Nature1999writer: "Magic Bus"
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 19701998TV 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?"
Rushmore1998lyrics: "A Quick One While He's Away" / music: "A Quick One While He's Away"
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-Series writer - 2 episodes
He Got Game1998writer: "House of the Rising Son"
Tohuwabohu1994-1998TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Jackal1997writer: "Going Out Of My Head"
Grosse Pointe Blank1997performer: "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door"
Fever Pitch1997writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997Documentary writer: "Naked Eye"
Prefontaine1997writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Jerry Maguire1996writer: "The Magic Bus", "Gettin' in Tune"
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus1996Documentary writer: "A Quick One While He's Away" - as Peter Townshend
Carla's Song1996writer: "Miss You Nights"
Pure Oasis1996TV Movie documentary writer: "My Generation" - uncredited
Brit Awards 19961996TV Special writer: "Pinball Wizard"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Senior Trip1995writer: "MAGIC BUS"
Apollo 131995writer: "I Can See For Miles" - as Peter Townshend
Backfire!1995"Fire"
Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993Documentary 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"
Heartbeat1992-1993TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Club Shinsuke1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV Special writer: "It's a Boy", "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", "See Me, Feel Me", "Listening to You"
The Wonder Years1990-1991TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Full House1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Goodfellas1990writer: "Magic Bus"
RockopopTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Look Who's Talking1989performer: "Let My Love Open The Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open The Door"
How to Get Ahead in Advertising1989writer: "MY GENERATION"
Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium1988Video writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Rocket Gibraltar1988writer: "I Can't Explain"
Miami ViceTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1985 - 1986 performer - 1 episode, 1986
Playing for Keeps1986performer: "LIFE TO LIFE" / writer: "LIFE TO LIFE"
The American Way1986writer: "Won't Get Fooled Again" - as Peter Townshend
Live Aid1985TV Special documentary writer: "My Generation", "Love Reign over me", "Won't get fooled again"
David Gilmour: All Lovers Are Deranged1984Video short writer: "All Lovers Are Deranged"
David Gilmour Live 19841984Video writer: "All Lovers Are Deranged"
Genesis: The Mama Tour1984Video documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentary writer: "My Generation", "Substitute", "Pictures of Lily", "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "Baba O'Riley", "Pinball Wizard" - uncredited
The Greatest American Hero1983TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in CincinnatiTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1981 - 1982 performer - 1 episode, 1981
Saimaa-ilmiö1981Documentary writer: "Let's See Action"
The Midnight SpecialTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Bad Timing1980writer: "Who Are You"
The Secret Policeman's Ball1979TV Movie documentary performer: "Won't get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard" - as Pete Townsend / writer: "Won't get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard"
Quadrophenia1979writer: "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "My Generation", "Love Reign Over Me" uncredited
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary 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 II1978TV Special writer: "I Can't Explain"
Top of the Pops1970-1978TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
The London Weekend Show1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Teenage Beauties1976writer: "Welcome" - uncredited
Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl1975writer: "Pinball Wizard", "Go to the Mirror!" - uncredited
Tommy1975performer: "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 Maid1975writer: "Baba O'Riley" - uncredited
Rape Victims1975writer: "Overture" - uncredited
That'll Be the Day1973writer: "Long Live Rock"
Oceans1971Documentary writer: "See Me, Feel Me / Listening to You" - uncredited
The Strawberry Statement1970producer: "Something In The Air" - as Peter Townshend
Em Compasso de Espera1969writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Pop Go the Sixties!1969TV Movie writer: "I Can See For Miles"
The Magic Christian1969producer: "Something In The Air" - as Peter Townshend
Omnibus1968TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
No More Excuses1968writer: "I Can't Reach You"
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature2017writer: "Behind Blue Eyes" post-production
The Who Suomessa1967Documentary short writer: "Substitute", "My Generation"
Tähdet, tähdet2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig!1965-1966TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
War Dogs2016writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Roadies2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Infiltrator2016writer: "Eminence Front"
The Comix Scrutinizer2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Angry Birds2016writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
World Championship Snooker2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
FA Youth Cup2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Mavericks2016TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ladbrokes Players Championship2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Everybody Wants Some!!2016performer: "Rough Boys" / writer: "Rough Boys"
Vinyl2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Snooker: Welsh Open2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music Moguls: Masters of Pop2016TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Masters Snooker2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Rack Pack2016writer: "Baba O'Riley", "Won't Get Fooled Again" - uncredited
Strictly Come Dancing2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Cyber2015TV Series 16 episodes
CSI: Immortality2015TV Movie "Who Are You"
Far Out2015writer: "Baba O'Riley"
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV Movie writer: "Long Live Rock"
Slash 32015writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Whatever Happened to Rock 'n' Roll?2015TV Movie writer: "My Generation" - uncredited
Glastonbury 20152015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minions2015writer: "My Generation"
Aquarius2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Aloha2015/Iwriter: "I Can See for Miles"
Entourage2015writer: "Eminence Front"
The SimpsonsTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2004 - 2015 lyrics - 1 episode, 2000
Supernatural2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Gold2015TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Family Guy2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Blacklist2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2009-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Breakfast2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2000-2014TV Series 131 episodes
Red Band Society2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Howard Stern Birthday Bash2014Video writer: "Robin's Vegucation My Generation"
An Interview with Batman2014Short writer: "Behind Blue Eyes"
United Passions2014writer: "Substitute" - as Pete Townsend
CalifornicationTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2008 - 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2014
Danny Baker Rocks... (A Bit)2014TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Goldbergs2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Newsroom2012-2013TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Pawn Stars2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The AmericansTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
When Albums Ruled the World2013TV Movie documentary writer: "Pinball Wizard", "I Can't Explain" uncredited
Person of Interest2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: NYTV Series 9 episodes, 2011 - 2012 writer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2009
The Who Live in Texas '752012Video 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 Leno2011-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Premium Rush2012writer: "Baba O'Riley"
Hit and Run2012performer: "Let My Love Open the Door" / writer: "Let My Love Open the Door" - as Peter Townshend

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Word Made Flesh: Sir Peter Blake2015Short
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story2012
The Who: 5:152011Video short
On Tour: The Who Virtual Ticket2008TV Movie
The Who: Fragments2007Video documentary
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who2005Video documentary
La montagna cava2000TV Short documentary
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure1996Video Game
White City1985
Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising1970

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CSI: NYTV Series composer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
David Gilmour Live 19841984Video lyrics
McVicar1980music consultant / musician: guitar
Quadrophenia1979musical director
Tommy1975musical director / musician: arp synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, piano - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quadrophenia: Live in London2014
Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show2010TV MovieThe Who (as Pete Townsend)
The Who: At Kilburn 19772009VideoGuitar
The Simpsons2000TV SeriesPete Townshend
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb1993voice, as Pete Townsend
White City1985Pete Fountain
Heads1969Short as Peter Townshend
Ready, Steady, Go!1965TV SeriesThe Wicked Stepmother

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who2005Video documentary written by
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure1996Video Game
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993Documentary book and play
Great Performances1993TV Series written by - 1 episode
White City1985written by
Quadrophenia1979uncredited
Tommy1975rock opera

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends2009Video executive producer
The Iron Giant1999executive producer
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure1996Video Game producer
White City1985producer
Quadrophenia1979executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quadrophenia1979story consultant
Tommy1975music synthesizer programmer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Delia1976Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Dog2011Nelson Woss would like to thank
The Fratellis: The Year of the Thief2008Video documentary short thanks
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary acknowledgment: photos courtesy of
Astley's Way2001TV Movie documentary special thanks
American Beauty1999special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunday AM2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2012TV SeriesHimself
The Who Live in Texas '752012VideoHimself (guitar & vocals)
Today2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story2012Himself - Interviewee / Guitarist
Melvyn Bragg on Class & Culture2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Pete Townsend)
The Bridge School Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition2011VideoHimself
Des McAnuff: A Life in Stages2010DocumentaryHimself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band2010TV Mini-Series documentary
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love2009VideoHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up2009VideoHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends2009VideoHimself
The Who at the London Coliseum 19692009VideoHimself (Guitar)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2008TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The Story of the Guitar2008TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Rock Honors: The Who2008TV MovieHimself
On Tour: The Who Virtual Ticket2008TV MovieHimself
Pop Britannia2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Martino Unstrung2008Video documentaryHimself
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007DocumentaryHimself
The Who: Fragments2007Video documentaryHimself
The Who: The Vegas Job2006Video documentaryHimself
The Who: Live at Lyon2006Video shortHimself (Guitars, Vocals)
Top Gear2006TV SeriesHimself
An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story2006DocumentaryHimself
The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane2006DocumentaryHimself
Live 8: A Bittersweet Symphony2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who2005Video documentaryGuitar, Vocals
Kept2005TV SeriesHimself
Youthquake '65: The London Pop Explosion2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brit Awards 20052005TV SpecialCongratulate for Bob Geldof
The Who: Live in Boston2003Video documentaryHimself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself
Brian Wilson on Tour2003Video documentaryHimself
One Who Day2002DocumentaryHimself
The Who Weekend2002VideoHimself (The Who)
Astley's Way2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Being Mick2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Concert for New York City2001TV Special documentaryPerformers (as The Who)
Rock Icons: Psychedelic High2001VideoHimself
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryPete Townshend
Pipe Dreams2000TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall2000Himself
The Beatles Revolution2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
My Generation2000DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1998-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Storytellers2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Lifehouse Concert2000Himself
Pixelon's iBash1999DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next1999Video documentary
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 19701998TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Who)
Feed Your Head1997Documentary shortHimself (Interview)
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
VH1 Legends1997TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus1996DocumentaryHimself - The Who
Mastercard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince's Trust1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
Tommy: The Interactive Adventure1996Video GameHimself
1996 VH1 Honors1996TV MovieHimself (as Pete Townsend)
Brit Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who) / Himself
London Tonight1995TV SeriesHimself
Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who1994DocumentaryHimself
The Rockers Are Alright1994Video documentaryHimself
The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (as The Who)
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Great Performances1993TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Late Night with David Letterman1985-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Grateful Dead: Backstage Pass1992Video shortHimself
The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy1989TV Movie documentaryGuitars & Vocals Mr. Walker Mrs. Walker ...
The Who Live at Giants Stadium1989Himself (The Who)
MTV Rocumentary: The Story of the Who1988TV Special documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Who: Who's Better Who's Best1988DocumentaryHimself
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll1988TV MovieHimself (as Pete Townsend)
The Britannia Music Awards 19881988TV SpecialHimself (as The Who)
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid1986Video documentaryHimself
Deep End1985DocumentaryHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 21985DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
The South Bank Show1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City1985Video shortHimself (uncredited)
Live Aid1985TV Special documentaryHimself (as The Who)
Album Flash1984TV Series documentaryHimself / Interviewed
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts1984DocumentaryHimself
David Gilmour: After the Floyd1984Video shortHimself
David Gilmour Live 19841984VideoHimself - in Documentary After the Floyd
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentaryHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 11983DocumentaryHimself (as The Who)
Roger Daltrey1983TV SpecialHimself
All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes1982Short documentary
Pete Townshend1982Documentary shortHimself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala1982DocumentaryHimself
The Who Rocks America 19821982DocumentaryHimself
Rockpalast1981TV SeriesHimself (guiter)
Top of the Pops1965-1981TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Who
The Midnight Special1980TV SeriesHimself (on film) / Himself
Rockestra1979Documentary shortHimself - Musician
The Secret Policeman's Ball1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Kids Are Alright1979DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
San Francisco Good Times1977DocumentaryHimself
Tommy1975Himself
2nd House1974TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Who
La fête aujourd'hui, la fête demain1974DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Jimi Hendrix1973DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Russell Harty Plus1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Who
Whatever Happened to Tin Pan Alley?1972TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Pete Townsend)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971TV SeriesHimself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1970TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Woodstock1970DocumentaryHimself - The Who (uncredited)
Schlag auf Schlager1970TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Beat-Club1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Musician
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformers (as The Who)
Omnibus1968TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sound of Change1968TV MovieHimself (as Pete Townsend)
Melodien einer Stadt1968TV SeriesHimself - Musician
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
Hoepla1967TV Series documentaryHimself
Ready, Steady, Go!1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Popside1966TV SeriesHimself
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHimself - The Who
A Whole Scene Going1966TV SeriesHimself
Carousella1966Documentary shortHimself (as The Who)
Take Thirty1965TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1965TV SeriesHimself
Born on ThursdayDocumentary short completedHimself
The Who Live in Hyde Park2015VideoHimself - guitarist, vocals
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho2015Documentary
Jean-Michel Jarre: A Journey Into Sound2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Glastonbury 20152015TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - The Who
Lambert & Stamp2014DocumentaryHimself
12-12-122013DocumentaryHimself (as Pete Townsend)
The Who: The Making of Tommy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
28th Annual NAMM/TEC Les Paul Award Tribute Honoring Pete Townshend2013ShortHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Super Bowl XLIV Interviewee to Andy Kindler / ...

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get All That, Ant?2015Documentary
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - The Who
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself
Acoustic at the BBC2011TV MovieHimself
When Rock Goes Acoustic2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Let's Spend the Night Together2010DocumentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Waiting for Hockney2008DocumentaryHimself
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Final 242007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Who: Music in Review - The Moon Years2006Video documentary
Movie Music Mania2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Britpop Story2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Arena2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux2002Himself (uncredited)
Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops 21995TV SeriesHimself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties1986Documentary shortHimself (The Who)
Top of the Pops1978-1981TV SeriesHimself - Member: The Who / Himself - The Who
Rock City1973DocumentaryHimself (as The Who)
Beat-Club1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Musician

Won awards

Won awards

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

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Golden RoseRose d'Or Light Entertainment FestivalArts DocumentaryThe Story of the Guitar (2008)· Alan Yentob
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesFrom the Earth to the Moon (1998)· Jeff Beal
· Mason Daring
· Brad Fiedel
· James Newton Howard
· Mark Isham
· Michael Kamen
· Mark Mancina
· Marc Shaiman
1991GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Music Video - Long FormThe Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy (1989)· Roger Daltrey (artist)
· John Entwistle (artist)
· Lawrence Jordan (video director)
1987GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Music Video, Long FormWhite City (1985)· Richard Lowenstein (video director)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or AdaptationTommy (1975)


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#Quote
1David 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.
2I 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.
4When 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.
5There 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.
6Was 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.
8One 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.
10It 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!".
13I 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.
14Years 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.
16There'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.
20Austin 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.
22The 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.
26The bad part about growing older is I'm going bald. The good part is my nose seems to be getting shorter.
27It's not the fact that I WAS brilliant, I AM brilliant.

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

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