Pete Townshend autograph The Who colour photograph 2006
Obtained in Brighton.
Peter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (born 19 May 1945). An English musician, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Best known as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and main songwriter, for the rock band The Who. His career with the Who spans over 50 years. During which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.
Townshend is the main songwriter for The Who. Having written well over 100 songs for the band’s 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia. Plus popular rock radio staples such as Who’s Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles. Bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). He has also written more than 100 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 keyboards. Banjo, accordion, harmonica, mandolin, violin, synthesizer, bass guitar, and drums, on his own solo albums. Several The Who albums and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists’ recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.
The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey. Guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. Considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. Selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work. The Who performed at the Woodstock Festival, despite being reluctant and demanding $13,000 up front,