Townshend in 2007
|Birth name||Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend|
|Born||19 May 1945
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, author, philanthropist|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards|
|Years active||since 1962|
|Associated acts||The Who|
|Website||The Who's official webpage|
Gibson Les Paul
Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who and has written over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums including the rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia" and the popular rock radio staple "Who's Next." Although known mainly as a guitarist he is also an accomplished singer and keyboard player and has played many other instruments including: banjo, accordion, bass guitar and drums.
Townshend has also written many newspaper and magazine articles, books, book reviews, essays and scripts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of best guitarists in "The New Book of Rock Lists" and #50 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."