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About Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend is an iconic English rock guitarist, singer and songwriter best known for being the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of The Who - the highly influential English rock band known for hits such as My Generation and Happy Jack. He was placed at the 10th position on Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time.
He married Karen Astley in 1968. Before the marriage officially ended in 2009, produced three children, including Emma Townsend.
He is rumored to be bisexual. He once joking said in an interview that at a point in his life, he was sexually attracted to Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.
Over the years, he has faced a number of legal troubles, including his 1967 arrest for assaulting a police officer. He also spent five years on the sex offenders register in the 2000s.
He is partially deaf.
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Famous quotes by Pete Townshend
Entertainment came out of this thing called a television, and it was gray. Most of the films that we saw at the cinema were black and white. It was a gray world. And music somehow was in color.Pete Townshend
Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class. All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A brilliant place to live. Sad but true.Pete Townshend
I don't really know any other musicians like me. I grew up backstage with my dad who played in a post-war dance band, so I always feel at home at a venue.Pete Townshend
I felt that the elegance of pop music was that it was reflective: we were holding up a mirror to our audience and reflecting them philosophically and spiritually, rather than just reflecting society or something called 'rock and roll.'Pete Townshend
I have terrible hearing trouble. I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal proponents deaf.Pete Townshend
I have to say that anger is the blanket that comes around me, and that blunts and blurs my sense of proportion.Pete Townshend
I want to age with some dignity.Pete Townshend
It's sad when people break up.Pete Townshend
The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage. I'm not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage.Pete Townshend
We tried not to age, but time had its rage.Pete Townshend
What I took back, because of my exposure to the Jewish music of the 30s and the 40s in my upbringing with my father, was that kind of theatrical songwriting. It was always a part of my character. This desire to make people laugh.Pete Townshend
What I'm trying to do is find either existing properties or come up with properties or angles or stories which will create music drama. It's my obsession and most of all I would like to remain working in theatre. I think it's very much alive.Pete Townshend
When I grew up, what was interesting for me was that music was color and life was gray. So music for me has always been more than entertainment.Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend's Popularity
Pete Townshend is a famous English singer-songwriter, musician, and author, who was born on May 19, 1945. As a person born on this date, Pete Townshend is listed in our database as the 20th most popular celebrity for the day (May 19) and the 22nd most popular for the year (1945).
People born on May 19 fall under the Zodiac sign of Taurus, the Bull. Pete Townshend is the 474th most popular Taurus.
Aside from information specific to Pete Townshend's birthday, Pete Townshend is the 472nd most famous English and ranks 92nd in famous people born in London, England, UK.
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