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Formed in 1964, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
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Pete Townshend (guitar, vocals)
Roger Daltrey (vocals, tambourine, harmonica)
John Entwistle (bass, vocals, 1964-2002)
Keith Moon (drums, vocals, 1964-78)
Kenney Jones (drums, 1978-88)
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboards, 1979-present)
Simon Phillips (drums, 1989)
Zak Starkey (drums, 1996-present)

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 (Performer).
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none Various The Ox Various - Sounds Presents From Polydor's 'The Guitar Album'(Flexi) Sounds (9) none UK 1973 Sell This Version
11/06/1989 Various Baba O'Reilly Various - Live Cuts 1989 11 06(CD, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 11/06/1989 US 1989 Sell This Version
9/24/1990 Various Bell Boy Various - Live Cuts 1990 09 24(CD, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 9/24/1990 US 1990 Sell This Version
EDF PD 327 Various Young Man Blues Various - Isle Of Wight 1970(CD, Promo, Smplr) Essential EDF PD 327 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Various Who Are You Various - For Those About To Rock (Comp, Album) Deaf In The Family 2006 Sell This Version
none Various My Generation Various - The Cavern: The Most Famous Club In The World(CDr, Promo, Smplr) EMI, Universal Music TV none Europe 2007 Sell This Version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

January 19, 2017
More than any band before them, the Who transformed rock 'n' roll into the weapon of choice for the generation gap struggles of the 1960s. Playing up tensions between young and old in teen anthems "My Generation," "The Kids Are Alright," and a cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," this combativeness quickly became the band's hallmark. Roger Daltrey's perilous mic-swinging, Pete Townshend's ill-tempered guitar-smashing, and Keith Moon's "gonzo" drumming all bolstered the band's thuggish, working-class youth image -- and suggested it was more than image.
As Mod's heyday waned, Townshend began pushing the band in more adventurous directions, which culminated in the first proper Rock Opera, Tommy (1969). In one fell swoop, the band upgraded their standing from "average Joe's" to intelligentsia. Emboldened by Tommy's success, Townshend's songwriting became increasingly self-centered and confessional. While "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Love, Reign O'er Me" are simply sublime, much of the Who's '70s material is bogged down by the band's internal conflicts and Townshend's downward spiral into alcohol and drug abuse.
The public began to feel that the band had simply overstayed its welcome. Fans had a hard time forgiving the spokesmen of angry youth for getting old, and the band seems to have had a difficult time forgiving themselves.

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