About Pete Townshend


Pete Townshend

One of the most recognisable figures in the pantheon of popular music, Pete Townshend has spent 50 years at the helm of rock legends The Who, primarily as guitarist and principal songwriter. The British band, who rose to fame alongside The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Kinks in the early 1960s, has sold more than 100 million albums including the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia and scored 25 UK hit singles, among them enduring standards such as Pinball Wizard, My Generation and Won’t Get Fooled Again. Townshend, 69, has also written scripts for stage and screen, novels, short stories and a best-selling autobiography. He grew up in West London, where he still lives, with his partner Rachel Fuller.