Who cares?! Pete Townshend says he doesn’t like his own band. ...

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Who cares?! Pete Townshend says he doesn’t like his own band. Here’s why

Co-founder talks about ageing, Keith Moon's death, memes, and his enduring ambivalence about the group

Neil McCormick

“I’ve never really liked The Who,” announces Pete Townshend.

“I’m serious. I think that they undermined the craft, they undermined the ideas, they turned into a heavy, stupid band that could get a bigger reaction smashing a guitar than playing a beautiful solo. I never liked it, I still don’t like it.”

The 74-year-old guitarist and songwriter may sound emphatic in his condemnation of the band he has led since 1964, but it is more complicated than it seems...

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