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Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and the Sixties, by Mark Blake (2015): Books

Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and the Sixties, by Mark Blake (2015): Books

Mark Blake’s ‘Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and the Sixties’ sets the stage for later successes, even as he delves deeper into what drove them.

The Who’s disjointed, disappointing It’s Hard never lived up to its initial promise

The Who’s disjointed, disappointing It’s Hard never lived up to its initial promise

Featuring a decidedly un-Who sounding single, ‘It’s Hard’ arrived on Sept. 4, 1982 with a confusing thud. Even its best song was a broken promise.

Pete Townshend on why the Who lends itself to classical reinterpretation: ‘Pulled all the stops’

Pete Townshend on why the Who lends itself to classical reinterpretation: ‘Pulled all the stops’

Pete Townshend breaks down the Who’s individual strengths when it comes to recasting their music in an orchestral setting.

Pete Townshend, “Guantanamo,” from Truancy (2015): One Track Mind

Pete Townshend, “Guantanamo,” from Truancy (2015): One Track Mind

Free of big concepts and the heavy legend of the Who’s songbook, Pete Townshend shows he hasn’t lost his writer’s spark, or his angry voice.

Pete Townshend wrestles with the Kiss phenomenon: ‘Not quite sure about it’

Pete Townshend wrestles with the Kiss phenomenon: ‘Not quite sure about it’

The Who’s Pete Townshend admits that Kiss’ on-stage garb baffled him, at least to begin with.

More Perfect Playlists: The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

More Perfect Playlists: The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

This time, we try to reconstruct the ever-elusive rock opera ‘Lifehouse.’

Pete Townshend, “It Must Be Done” (2014): One Track Mind

Pete Townshend, “It Must Be Done” (2014): One Track Mind

Pete Townshend always seems to be mulling over new ideas, always seems to have a concept as fresh as it is grandiose. But then something happens along the way.

Post-Keith Moon Songs by the Who: Gimme Five

Post-Keith Moon Songs by the Who: Gimme Five

Perhaps, in hindsight, Led Zeppelin had the right idea: When your linchpin drummer dies, simply call it quits. Not so, the Who.

The Who – Tommy (1969; 2013 reissue)

The Who – Tommy (1969; 2013 reissue)

At once ambitious and complex, the Who’s Tommy stands as a shining moment in their vast career. Their sweeping work redefined the “concept album” and set the standard for rock operas such as Green Day’s American Idiot.

Original Quadrophenia era saw the Who devolve into a nasty tangle: ‘He was very, very drunk’

Original Quadrophenia era saw the Who devolve into a nasty tangle: ‘He was very, very drunk’

As the Who gears up for another series of shows featuring Quadrophenia, beginning on June 8, 2013 at Dublin, it’s worth remembering that things haven’t always gone so well