Pete Townshend, best known as the guitarist and songwriter for rock group The Who, has been deeply devoted to his musical career throughout his entire life. Being a guitar player and songwriter myself, Townshend’s hard work and dedication to music inspires me. Having written over 200 songs for The Who’s 11 albums, including concept albums and rock operas, along with his 7 solo albums, his love for music is evident. This summer I have began reading his autobiography “Who I Am” and with the turn of each page I am engulfed by his incredible story and his influence on every person he comes into contact with.
Townshend became known for his bizarre stage performances where he would smash his guitar at the end of a set and his signature move: the windmill, but he was much more than just an entertaining performer. “When I grew up, what was interesting for me was that music was color and life was gray. So music for me has always been more than entertainment,” Townshend has stated. With every song he wrote, he told a story. He had a vision for every album he worked on that expressed something new. As I read his autobiography I’m amazed to learn about all the hidden meanings behind every word he writes. His everlasting influence on rock music got him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990. To this day, he is still inspiring and sharing his one true love, music, with the world.
This is a 28 minute long YouTube video of different clips of The Who when they played at Woodstock in 1969. This video displays Pete Townshend’s energetic stage performance including his famous “windmill” move and him banging his guitar on the ground at the end of the show.
This link shares the background and history of Pete Townshend and how he began his musical career with The Who. This website also has blog entries written by Townshend along with a photo gallery and tour updates for The Who.