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Pete Townshend

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than forty years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s, and, according to Eddie Vedder, "possibly the greatest live band ever." Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples like Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations like Odds & Sods. He has also written over one hundred songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. Townshend has never had formal lessons in any of the instruments he plays. Townshend has also been a contributor and author of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, as well as collaborating as a lyricist (and composer) for many other musical acts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, #10 in's list of the top fifty guitarists, and #50 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list: 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990. Description above from the Wikipedia article Pete Townshend, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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May 19, 1945 In Chiswick, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Who - Live at the Silverdome
Latest Project:
Movie The Night That Changed Rock 2019-12-03
Known For
Poster of The Night That Changed Rock
Poster of The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane
Poster of Grateful Dead: Live on Rockpalast
Poster of Seize millions de jeunes: Mods
Movie The Who - Live at the Silverdome Himself 2021
Movie The Who Rocks America 1982 Himself 2021
Movie The Night That Changed Rock 2019-12-03
Movie Bad Reputation Himself 2018-09-28
Movie The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight 2004 Festival Self 2017-06-02
Movie The Who: Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall Himself – guitars, vocals 2017-10-13
Movie Classic Quadrophenia 2015-07-06
Movie The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 himself 2015-06-29
Movie The Who: Live at Glastonbury 2015 Himself, Guitar 2015-06-28
Movie Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music Himself 2015-09-19
Movie The Who: Live in Hyde Park Himself - guitarist, vocals 2015-10-07
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself 2014-12-12
Movie Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall Himself 2014-11-28
Movie The Who: Quadrophenia - Live in London 2014-06-06
Movie The Who Sensation: The Story of Tommy Himself 2014-03-08
Movie Lambert & Stamp Himself 2014-01-20
Movie The Who - The Making of Tommy Himself 2013-10-25
Movie Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me? Himself 2013-06-29
Movie The Who: Live in Texas '75 Himself 2012-07-29
Movie Acoustic At The BBC Himself 2011-09-02
Movie Rachel Fuller presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends Self 2009-03-31
Movie Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Live 2009-11-03
Movie Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong Himself 2008-11-11
Movie The Who: At Kilburn 1977 guitar 2008-11-17
Movie Amazing Journey - The Story of The Who Himself 2007-09-14
Movie The Who Live at Glastonbury Vocals, Guitar 2007-06-01
Movie The Who: Live at Lyon Himself (Guitars, Vocals) 2006-11-21
Movie The Who: BBC Electric Proms Himself 2006-10-28
Movie An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story Himself 2006-08-22
Movie The Who: Tommy Live With Special Guests Himself 2006-06-05
Series VH1 Rock Honors Unknown 2006-05-31
Movie The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane Himself 2006-04-09
Movie Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? Himself 2004-11-15
Movie One For The Road: Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert Pete Townshend 2004-09-24
Movie The Who: Live in Boston Himself 2004-09-14
Movie Mayor of the Sunset Strip Himself 2003-06-17
Movie Brian Wilson: On Tour Himself 2003-03-17
Movie Being Mick 2001-11-22
Movie The Who: Live at the London Coliseum 1969 Himself - guitars, vocals 2000-05-16
Movie The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall Lead Guitar / Vocals 2000-11-27
Movie Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next Himself 1999-10-21
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Listening to You: The Who Live at the Isle of Wight Himself 1998-11-03
Movie The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Himself - The Who 1996-10-12
Movie A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who 1994-12-16
Movie The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Himself 1994-08-15
Movie The Who: Maximum R&B Live Himself 1994-07-06
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-16
Movie Live Aid 1985-07-13
Movie White City Pete Fountain 1985-01-02
Movie The Who: Live from Toronto 1984-01-01
Movie Concerts for the People of Kampuchea Self 1981-03-29
Movie Grateful Dead: Live on Rockpalast Performer/Special Guest 1981-03-27
Movie The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself 1979-12-22
Movie The Who: The Kids Are Alright Himself 1979-06-24
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Tommy Himself 1975-03-19
Movie Jimi Hendrix 1973-12-20
Movie Sound of the City: London 1964-73 Himself 1973-06-01
Movie The Who ‎– Live At Tanglewood 1970 Himself 1970-06-07
Movie Woodstock Himself - The Who 1970-03-26
Movie Heads 1969-12-19
Movie Monterey Pop Himself - The Who 1968-12-26
Movie Les chemins perdus Himself 1967-01-01
Movie Carousella himself 1966-12-31
Movie Seize millions de jeunes: Mods Interviewee 1965-03-18
Series Top of the Pops Unknown 1964-01-01