On this day in 1965..

On October 29th, 1965, The Who released their era-defining single, My Generation.

According to a period interview with Pete Townshend, the track was inspired by The Queen Mother, after she had his 1935 Packard Hearse towed off a street in Belgravia because was “sick of looking at it.” Ultimately, the song is a defiant, youthful anthem about trying to find your place, and a larger peace, among society.

The track would reach number 2 in the UK album charts, and was taken from the album of the same name. An extended version appeared on their seminal live album, Live at Leeds in 1970, and is still revered today. It has been featured in numerous lists and polls by critics and fans throughout the years, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for it’s historic, artistic and significant value.

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