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New Pete Townshend Gigography is up!

April 14, 2014

New Pete Townshend Gigography is up!

A new Gigography section with history pages of Pete’s concerts has been added to this website! We will focus mainly on Pete’s solo concerts and appearances, starting with the 70’s and adding more sections over time. Next up will be a page for Pete’s shows from the 80’s. The Who 2012-2013 Quadrophen...

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New song by Pete for The Americans TV show

April 4, 2014

Pete Townshend has written a new song “It Must Be Done” for the TV series “The Americans”. It is scheduled to be broadcast in an episode that airs April 30 on FX. Pete collaborated on the song with the shows composer, Nathan Barr. The song appears in a dramatic scene described as "sex and murder". ...

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New Simon Townshend album and tour!

April 2, 2014

New Simon Townshend album and tour!

Pete Townshend’s brother Simon is kicking off a tour of the US next week, following the release of his new album “Denial” that hit the stores this week. The tour launches in Vienna, VA on April 9, with dates scheduled across America through May 4. Simon will be playing a solo acoustic set of songs ...

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Pete quote displayed at Donald Pass art exhibit

March 15, 2014

Pete quote displayed at Donald Pass art exhibit

There is a new exhibition of the work of late visionary artist Donald Pass on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore through February 22, 2015. The show feature’s the artist’s incredible ethereal spirit paintings, and includes quotes from Pete Townshend and other admirers of his w...

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The Who fan websites document a rich history

March 1, 2014

As The Who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, we wanted to call attention to the dedicated work of Who fans and historians who have diligently documented the rich history of our favorite band over the years. The following websites are excellent resources that detail all aspects of The Who’s...

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New history page about the Lifehouse Method!

February 13, 2014

New history page about the Lifehouse Method!

In 2007, Pete Townshend launched the Lifehouse Method, which was a software system designed to generate unique pieces of music processed from various personal data that a user input into the website interface. The concept of this project grew out of Pete’s 1971 Lifehouse story, which provided the in...

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Lambert & Stamp documentary premiers at Sundance

January 29, 2014

Lambert & Stamp documentary premiers at Sundance

Pete is featured in the Lambert & Stamp documentary that was World premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. The documentary is also scheduled for the Sundance London Film and Music Festival on April 25. Tickets are on sale now at sundance-london.com/event/lambert-stamp. Produced a...

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Pete to speak at Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival

January 10, 2014

Pete to speak at Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival

Pete is returning to his home town in West London to give a talk at the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival on Sunday, February 16. His lecture will take place at the Questers Theatre in Ealing, not far from the neighborhood where Pete grew up. According to the festival website: “Rock’n’Roll l...

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Pete discusses John Fahey on new DVD release

January 2, 2014

Pete discusses John Fahey on new DVD release

Pete Townshend is one of the featured artists in the documentary In Search of Blind Joe Death, The Saga of John Fahey, which is now available on DVD. Pete’s unedited 30 minute interview is included in the bonus section of the DVD. Here are a few excerpts from Pete's discussion. “When I first heard...

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History page about IN THE ATTIC is up!

December 16, 2013

History page about IN THE ATTIC is up!

IN THE ATTIC was a musical chat internet show that was webcast live and streamed weekly on Towser TV, a 24 hour web channel that was hosted on petetownshend.com. The show was co-hosted by Pete’s partner Rachel Fuller and her songwriting friend Mikey Cuthbert, and featured Pete and his brother Simon ...

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Pete featured in article on history of Marshall Stacks

December 5, 2013

Pete featured in article on history of Marshall Stacks

Premier Guitar has posted an article about the history of the Marshall Amplifier, and how Pete Townshend contributed to the design of the famous Marshall JTM45/100 amp stacks that helped revolutionize the sound of rock and roll back in the 60’s. Photo: ALAMY Here are a few excerpts.  To read ...

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Pete appears in Peter Blake special on BBC

November 26, 2013

Pete appears in Peter Blake special on BBC

Pete contributed to the BBC documentary "Under Milk Wood in Pictures: Peter Blake Does Dylan", which aired November 25 on BBC One. The film chronicles the making of Peter Blake's groundbreaking art work that was inspired by the Dylan Thomas play, which will be on display at the National Museum of Wa...

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New interview with Pete on BBC Radio 6

November 13, 2013

New interview with Pete on BBC Radio 6

Pete sat down with Matt Everitt at his studio in Richmond to chat about the new Tommy box set, a 50th Anniversary tour with The Who in 2015, and his upcoming solo project. The interview aired on BBC Radio 6 this morning, and is available online for 7 days on the BBC website. UPDATE: The full interv...

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Pete Townshend speaks of Meher Baba - a new history page!

November 9, 2013

Pete Townshend speaks of Meher Baba - a new history page!

The teachings of Indian spiritual master Meher Baba were a heavy influence on Pete Townshend during his peak creative period as a composer in the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s, inspiring such masterworks as Tommy, Baba O’Riley, Drowned, and many other of Pete’s greatest compositions. We have pu...

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Trailer and interview for new Tommy documentary

October 24, 2013

Here is a short preview of "Sensation: The Story of The Who's Tommy", a new documentary which airs October 25, 26 and 28 on BBC4, and an extended version for the US will air November 9 on BBC America. A DVD will be released in March 2014. Lawrence Ball conducted a 30 minute interview with Martin ...

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Pete attends launch event for new Tommy box set and documentary

October 23, 2013

Pete attends launch event for new Tommy box set and documentary

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey hit the red carpet at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith yesterday to talk to the press about the upcoming Tommy (Super Deluxe edition) box set that will be released on November 11, and to view a screening of “Sensation – The Story Of The Who’s Tommy”, a brand new ...

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Pete picks up a couple more BMI awards for CSI

October 17, 2013

Pete picks up a couple more BMI awards for CSI

Pete Townshend was presented with BMI TV Music awards for CSI and CSI: NY at the 2013 BMI London Awards that were held on October 15, 2013.  Congratulations Pete! This brings Pete’s total BMI TV Music awards for CSI up to 17.  Here is a list of his wins since 2001.   2013: 2 awards ...

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Rockers on Broadway to honor Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

October 4, 2013

Rockers on Broadway to honor Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY will celebrate 20 years with a charity concert at SoHo’s le Poisson Rouge on Bleeker Street, NYC on November 11. The show will be presented by the PATH Fund (Performing Artists That Help), and will benefit the ASCAP Foundation’s Children Will Listen program, The Broadway Dreams F...

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Pete in Menorca sailboat regata

September 3, 2013

Pete in Menorca sailboat regata

Pete participated in the Panerai Trophy classic yachts race over the weekend in Menorca, a beautiful Island off the coast of Spain. Pete’s sailboat EVA – an 8 metre Fife from 1906 – received a cup for coming in third in her class (small Gaffers) over three races. The 12 metre KELPIE (designed by Alf...

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Who I Am is now available in paperback

August 31, 2013

Who I Am is now available in paperback

Pete Townshend’s critically acclaimed best selling autobiography ‘Who I Am’ is now out in paperback, sporting different covers for the UK and US publications.  The US edition includes a new afterword written by Pete! The afterword is available to view as part of the preview on the Barnes and No...

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Pete discusses One Direction controversy

August 15, 2013

There has been a fair amount of discussion across the social media sites regarding the new single by One Direction entitled "Best Song Ever".  The opening chords of the song sound very much like Baba O'Riley, and the band has been criticized for copying The Who's classic hit. Pete Townshend ha...

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Pete guests on new Roy Harper album

July 28, 2013

Pete guests on new Roy Harper album

Pete is one of the featured guest artists on legendary folk artist Roy Harper’s upcoming album entitled Man & Myth, which is scheduled to be released on September 23.  Pete has added lead guitar to a track called Cloud Cuckooland. Roy Harper was recently interviewed by MOJO magazine’s Edit...

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Kids from Livewire Youth Music visit Pete in Liverpool

July 16, 2013

Kids from Livewire Youth Music visit Pete in Liverpool

A group of members from the Livewire Youth Music charity in Saltash, Cornwall had the opportunity of a lifetime a couple weeks ago, when they were invited to attend a performance of Quadrophenia and go backstage to meet Pete.  According to an article in This is Somerset, Pete has been backing L...

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Quadrophenia tour ends with Double O benefit show

July 9, 2013

Quadrophenia tour ends with Double O benefit show

The Who wrapped up their European tour last night at Wembley Arena with a show to benefit Pete’s Double O charity, in support of Refuge, an organization for women and children against domestic violence.  To learn more and to donate to Refuge, please visit refuge.org.uk.The Quadrophenia tour was...

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Pete chats about TubeTraps

June 30, 2013

For those of you who have gone to a recent Who show, you may have wondered about the big black tubes that are arranged around the stage.  These contraptions are called “TubeTraps”, which are used to trap bass frequencies and help to improve sound acoustics. For more information, please visit t...

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Happy birthday to The Iron Man!

June 27, 2013

Happy birthday to The Iron Man!

The studio album of The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend was released 24 years ago on June 27, 1989. The musical project is based on a children's book written by Ted Hughes, and was later turned into a full blown stage production, which debuted at the Young Vic Theatre in London's West End in...

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New Irish Jack story about Dublin!

June 19, 2013

New Irish Jack story about Dublin!

Irish Jack has very kindly contributed a fabulous story to petetownshend.net to help celebrate the recent Who performance in Dublin. The story is featured on the Dublin concert page. As always, Jack demonstrates a real flair for combining personal anecdotes about his long time friendship with Pete T...

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The Who Quadrophenia European tour kicks off!

June 11, 2013

The Who Quadrophenia European tour kicks off!

The European leg of the Quadrophenia tour got off to a great start this week with a couple of shows in Ireland before the band head up to Scotland, followed by shows in London and around the UK. The Who continue to be in top form following their critically acclaimed tour of the US earlier in the yea...

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Interview on BBC World News

June 7, 2013

Interview on BBC World News

To help promote the Quadrophenia European tour that kicks off on June 8, there will be a 30 minute program on the BBC World News featuring an interview with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey that will be broadcast on June 8 (1:30 & 8:30 GMT) and June 9 (14:30 & 20:30 GMT).  This will be ...

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Twentieth anniversary of Psychoderelict!

June 4, 2013

Twentieth anniversary of Psychoderelict!

Psychoderelict was released in the UK twenty years ago on June 4, 1993, with a US release date of June 15. To celebrate, we have posted a new history page in the Musicals section of the site! To read all about Pete’s groundbreaking production, go to the Psychoderelict page.

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