Pete Townshend – 10 great video clips

From The High Numbers to noise in the noughties

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Today (May 19, 2015) is Pete Townshend’s 70th birthday – so, to celebrate, here are 10 classic clips from across the years.

These videos span five decades, from his early days as a 19-year-old Mod with The High Numbers, to The Who’s phenomenal 1970 Isle Of Wight show, and on to the formidable might of Townshend onstage in the noughties.

The current issue of Uncut, still available in shops this week, also features Townshend on the cover, and inside, he discusses retirement, the future of The Who, his relationship with Roger Daltrey and his thoughts on the big 7-0…



The High Numbers
The Railway Hotel, 1964

The Who
5th National Jazz And Blues Festival, Richmond, London, 1965



The Who
“I Can See For Miles”
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1967


The Who
“My Generation”
Woodstock, 1969


The Who
“Young Man Blues”
Isle Of Wight festival, 1970


The Who
“The Real Me”
Cow Palace, San Francisco, 1973


Pete Townshend in his home studio


The Who
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Shepperton Studios, London, 1978


Pete Townshend
“Rough Boys”
Brooklyn Academy Of Music, NY, 1993


The Who
“Baba O’Riley”
Roskilde festival, Denmark, 2007



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