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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 […]

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On this day in 1965….

…The Who released their first single ‘I Can’t Explain’ with a certain Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart. This is from the ‘The Who.com’ Fifty years ago today The Who’s recording career really took off when their first single, […]

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On This Day In 1974…..

……drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser! 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers….here he is playing ‘Naked Eye’ and, as someone rightfully points out on […]

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On this day in 1971….

….The Who scored their first, and unbelievably, only U.K. number 1 album with ‘Who’s Next’, the iconic cover art, taken at Easington Colliery, depicts the band urinating against a large concrete piling (I think this might have been a wry joke at the obelisk that appears at seminal moments in […]

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Isle of Wight Festival 1969: in pictures

In 1969, Bob Dylan came out of retirement to perform at the little-known Isle of Wight Festival. These images capture the free spirit of an extraordinary time The Who in concert Picture: Stephen Goldblatt     Keith Moon, the Who’s drummer Picture: Stephen Goldblatt The aftermath See the full archive […]