Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Highest Rated: 100% Quadrophenia (1979)

Lowest Rated: 45% Forces of Nature (1999)

Birthday: May 19, 1945

Birthplace: London, England, UK

If the Beatles personified peace and love and the Rolling Stones embodied lustful abandon, then the songs of their British rock peers the Who, as penned by guitarist Pete Townshend, were fueled by the pure, unadulterated frustration and desire of youth, as evidenced by such enduring songs as "I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled Again," as well as the groundbreaking rock operas Tommy (1969) and Quadrophenia (1973). Townshend was also one of rock's most dynamic guitarists, employing devastating levels of force and feedback in his guitar playing, highlighted by his windmill strum and a penchant for destroying his instruments, which endeared him to not only generations of fans, but also the punk, metal and alternative rock movements, which borrowed heavily from his sonic palette. Townshend's talents would push the rock-n-roll art form to a higher level with the rock opera Tommy, a powerful and moving work that later became a Tony-winning Broadway musical. After the death of Who drummer Keith Moon in 1979, Townshend distanced himself from the Who to craft a moderately successful solo career, but by the late 1980s, he was reuniting regularly with his surviving bandmates, even penning a new Who album, Endless Wire, in 2006. One of rock's most committed and passionate performers, Pete Townshend's boundless talents as a songwriter and guitarist elevated him to legendary rock god status.


Highest Rated Movies



79% 86% Bad Reputation Self $148.5K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suburban Steps to Rockland: The Story of The Ealing Club Self - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho Unknown (Character) - 2015
80% 92% Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story Self - 2006
100% No Score Yet My Generation Self,
Non-Original Music
- 2000
92% 78% The Limey Original Songs $3.2M 1999
45% 35% Forces of Nature Non-Original Music $52.9M 1999
87% 93% American Beauty Original Music $130.1M 1999
51% 60% Summer of Sam Original Music and Songs,
Original Music
$19.3M 1999
96% 90% The Iron Giant Executive Producer - 1999
96% 97% Goodfellas Original Music and Songs $42.6M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Self - 1984
100% 82% Quadrophenia Executive Producer - 1979
No Score Yet 83% The Secret Policeman's Ball Unknown (Character) - 1979
100% 88% The Kids Are Alright Self - 1979
70% 71% Tommy Self - 1975
100% 92% Woodstock Self $20.8K 1970
No Score Yet 91% The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Unknown (Character) - 1968


No Score Yet 49% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2008
85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2000


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