Master of Disaster: Pete Townshend
When we talk about chops and technique on the guitar, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page comes to mind. Pete Townshend is less thought as a virtuoso behind the instrument, but it didn’t stop him from becoming one of the best guitarists in rock’s history. He used his guitar as a tool and as a de facto within his group’s dynamics and interplay becoming his stellar moments.
He played solos less frequently during their Hey Day – but no other guitar players ever to build so much sonic architecture that Pete Townshend did for the Who. He’s definitely a genius in his own ways – his work for the Who are one of rock’s guitar brilliance.
Take a look back with his five best guitar moments:
5. “5:15” (1973)
4. 4. “My Generation” (1970)
3. “Overture” (1969)
2. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (1971)
1. “Quadrophenia” (1973)