Pete Townshend

Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 greatest guitarists of all time, Pete Townshend is well known as the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Who. In his 40 years with The Who, he has written over 100 songs for the band’s 11 studio albums, including the popular rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia. Pete is also a celebrated solo artist who has written over 100 songs for his solo albums. Best recognized as a guitarist, Pete also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, synthesizer, bass guitar — with no formal musical training. Pete is a prolific author and contributor of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays and books, with an autobiography due out in October 2012. Pete is dedicated to supporting teens with cancer and, with Roger Daltrey, co-founded the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA Medical Center.

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