Pete Townshend is best known as the lead guitarist for the seminal British rock band The Who. The Who were one of the most popular UK rock bands of the 60s and 70s, and some of the songs he wrote for the band are amongst the greatest rock tracks of all time, including Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, and My Generation. He first worked as a solo artist in 1970, and released a debut album in 1972. Since then he has released several more records, which although haven't come close to matching his work with with The Who, has included some strong material. He continues to work with The Who, alongside fellow original member Roger Daltrey. He has also made guest appearances on a number of records by other artists, and started his own publishing company, Eel Pie. He is also known for his extensive charity work, and is an active campaigner for a number of children's charities. For his songwriting ability, skill as a guitarist, and sheer stage presence, he is one of the most important living rock legends.
Followers: Mick Ronson, Brian May, Paul Weller, Joey Ramone
Influenced By: Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Hank Marvin...