“In the case of The Who, the thing that comes across for me is that The Who started as a Pop band. Good Pop possibly is the sublime and the ridiculous, the important and the absurd.” – Pete Townshend
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The mid-Eighties was a most difficult time for the titans of rock’s Second Generation. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Who were no longer recording, touring, and in some cases even SPEAKING together. Rock’n’roll was officially in full-blown midlife crisis …
year of Brexit and US presidential politics that resemble a Mexican soap opera, my guest Pete Townshend reveals great insights into the ageless musical triumph on Who’s Next, including the songs “Baba O’Riley”,”Bargain”,”Going Mobile”,”Behind Blue Eyes”,”Getting in Tune”, and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”…
Woodstock Festivalwas unequaled in sheer scale, still heard in the voices of Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, the late Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, all in part one.
The release of Pete Townshend‘s solo album Empty Glass 35 years ago was quite the media event, for a number of reasons. First, his new New York City-based label then was thrilled to get The Who‘s genius songwriter after coveting the iconic group for many years, so much so that they erroneously promoted Empty Glass […]
The fifteen months preceding the Woodstock Festival over the weekend of August 15-17 1969 were some of the worst and some of the best days of the 20th century. The Viet Nam War which had been percolating for over five years had driven Lyndon Johnson from the US presidency, replaced by Richard Nixon who promptly […]
There are precious few albums made in 1969 of which you can, to this day, marvel at the sonic ear candy in the singing and playing, but it is safe to say that Tommy by The Who has never sounded better in its current deluxe and super deluxe collector editions. Complete with additional Pete […]
Like peeling back layer after layer of an onion, the many stages of The Who‘s Tommy conception, gestation, and birth as the first successful rock opera are further revealed, it seems, every time Tommy composer Pete Townshend cleans out a storage closet. Additional demos and even a complete 1969 London Wembley arena performance of the […]
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey join me In the Studio in this week’s classic rock interview for the first in a two-part look at the new Quadrophenia Director’s Cut box set , the last word on Townshend’s 1974 rock opera, which certainly is much more appreciated today than upon its initial release …(more)
Part one of two.