Pete Townshend


Pete Townshend Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Pete started playing the guitar at the age of 12.

    • Pete had wanted to do a reunion tour in 1998, but Daltrey and Entwistle disagreed and therefore no reunion took place.

    • Pete has said he dislikes what rock music has turned into since the 90s.

    • Pete: I only really started to go to plays and to be interested in drama 20 years ago when as an artist I was already well-rounded. I think I'm more disciplined today.

    • Pete is ranked number 32 on's list of the top 100 guitarists of all time. He is also number 14 on their list of the greatest songwriters of all time.

    • Pete can also play bass.

    • Pete said his personal favorite song he ever wrote was "Behind Blue Eyes."

    • Pete was ranked the 12th best guitarist of all time by the radio station 102.9 WMGK.

    • He is of Irish and English descent.

    • Pete was the first guitarist to use the windmill move, a move which he claimed to have Keith Richards warming up with. Richards said he couldn't remember ever doing it.

    • Pete produced every album for The Who.

    • Pete wrote the lyrics to nearly every song by The Who.

    • Pete came under fire in June 2006 for writing an erotic short story about two 16-year-olds and publishing it on the Internet. He was warned his actions were inappropriate and ill-advised in view of the fact he is on Britian's sex offenders' register after being cautioned for child pornography offences in 2003. Pete subsequently removed the story from the Internet.

    • While The Who were destroying their instruments after singing My Generation during the Smother's Brothers Comedy Hour, Keith Moon's drum set exploded, causing Townshend's hair to catch fire and left him partially deaf.

  • Quotes

    • Pete: What we learned quite early on is what was really important to early British pop that we produced-and this is where we were distinct from almost everybody else in this respect-is that it had to reflect exactly what the audience wanted us to say.
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    • Pete: It wasn't just about flashing lights and pinball machines blowing up and things like that. It was about using encores, bringing back the good songs and using techniques that I knew about from rock performance.

    • Pete: If the music in Quadrophenia is Wagnerian it's because I was listening to music that I thought had that awful grandiosity.

    • Pete: I just could not believe that 30 years later we're still looking at people who are supposed to write little 2-minute pop that when they actually try to do something that's a little bit more they regard it as pretentious.

    • Pete: A lot of my audience are in their 50s. But they want me to pretend to continue to be pretending.

    • Pete: We tried not to age, but time had its rage.

    • Pete: C'mon, I mean who didn't listen to The Who in the 60s?

    • Pete: Sure I destroyed my guitar at every concert, but it was okay, because I'd always get a shiny new one the very next day.

    • Pete Townshend: I had one of my very few acid trips when I went to the Roundhouse to watch Pink Floyd. I walked all the way from Portobello Road [four miles], and by the time I got there the trip had worn off. It was quite strange watching Syd Barrett stone cold sober and realising actually that he wasn't very good.