Pete Townsend

The Who: The Road to “Tommy”

Channel 150-10

Episode date - December 7, 2018

How Music Changed
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    To understand the Who, you should consider that its de facto leader, Pete Townshend, needed to think significantly ahead in terms of the band’s direction. His ideas from 1967-68 are what eventually becomes the band’s next project in 1969.

    This was especially true in the months before the release of “Tommy”. Townshend needed to come up with a ‘theme’ – by now a necessity for him in regard to providing a source of inspiration – and then develop material, all while trying to maintain the band in its present state.

    It was a very uncertain time for the band, and this show features new music that had generally been intended for use in an opera that was percolating in his brain, along with a few other contemporary bits, including the band’s remarkable performance at the Rolling Stone’s ‘Rock and Roll Circus’, and Townshend’s production work for a few musicians that he admired.

    Featured tracks include;

    Glow Girl

    Little Billy

    Magic Bus

    A Quick One While He’s Away

    Accidents

    Something in the Air

    My Way

    Faith in Something Bigger

    Young Man Blues

    Cousin Kevin Model Child

    Pinball Wizard (demo)

    Dogs Part Two

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