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Pete Townshend

Born in Chiswick, London just ten days after the German surrender in 1945, Townshend grows up in a typical middle-class home. His parents, Cliff and Betty Townshend, are both musicians, and as a child he accompanies them on dance band tours. Townshend starts playing guitar at 12. He goes to art school and, after several stints in local ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Goodfellas Soundtrack
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 2000-2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (composer - 324 episodes)
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 1984 David Gilmour Live 1984 (Video) (lyrics)
 1980 McVicar (music consultant) / (musician: guitar)
 1979 Quadrophenia (musical director)
 1975 Tommy (musical director) / (musician: arp synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, piano - uncredited)
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(2009-2010 Season) His musical, "The Who's Tommy," was performed at the Circle Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Tom McGunn and Eric Lindahl in the cast. Jeffrey Cass was musical director. Kevin Bellie was choreographer and projection designer. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 15 Interviews | 6 Articles | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Pete Townsend | Peter Townshend | The Who


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I always thought that The Who would be very brief, and that I would shut it down after a while and sit in my apartment in Soho, making kinetic sculptures. I'd say I've been in stasis for quite a long time--and the word means either perpetual motion or perpetual stillness. I've been whirling on the spot for quite a long time. The thing about The Who for me--and this is sad in a way--is the amount ... See more »


His daughter Emma sang on his 1985 song "Face the Face", the first single off his "White City" album. She also appeared in the video. See more »


"The Windmill" (strumming a guitar by swinging the whole extended arm in a circle) See more »


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