jueves, 19 de mayo de 2016

Pete Townshend cumple 71 años



Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (19 de mayo de 1945) es un guitarrista, cantante y compositor británico de rock, reconocido principalmente por su trabajo con el grupo de rock The Who. Su carrera con The Who abarca más de cuarenta años, durante los cuales el grupo pasó a ser considerado una de las bandas más influyentes de la década de 1960 y de 1970. Según declaró Eddie Vedder, líder de Pearl Jam: «The Who es posiblemente el mejor grupo en directo». Dentro de The Who, Townshend es el principal compositor y ha escrito más de cien canciones para un total de once discos de estudio del grupo, en su mayoría álbumes conceptuales y óperas rock como Tommy (1969), Quadrophenia (1973) y Endless Wire (2006). Tras la primera disolución del grupo en 1983, publicó trabajos conceptuales en solitario como Empty Glass (1980), White City: A Novel (1986), The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend (1989) y Psychoderelict (1993), y emprendió otras actividades extramusicales como editor de Faber & Faber. En el plano musical, aunque su principal instrumento es la guitarra, toca otros instrumentos como los teclados, el banjo, el bajo y sintetizadores. Además, ha contribuido como colaborador o autor para periódicos, artículos de revistas, críticas de libros, ensayos y guiones, y ha colaborado como compositor para otros artistas y músicos. Fue situado en el puesto tres de la lista de los mejores guitarristas en el libro de Dave Marsh The New Book of Rock Lists, en el puesto 10 de la lista de los 50 mejores guitarristas de la web de Gibson, y en la misma posición de la lista de los 100 mejores guitarristas elaborada por la revista Rolling Stone. En 1990, Townshend ingresó en el Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll como miembro de The Who.
                                     

Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who. His career with the Who spans more than 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Townshend is the main songwriter for the Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band's 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). He has also written more than 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists' recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training. Townshend has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, and he has collaborated as a lyricist and composer for many other musical acts. Due to his aggressive playing style and innovative songwriting techniques, Townshend's works with The Who and in other projects have earned him critical acclaim. He was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, No. 10 in Gibson.com's list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 again in Rolling Stone magazine's updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time In 1983, Townshend received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 1990 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who, in 2001 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Who, and in 2008 received Kennedy Center Honors. He and Daltrey will receive The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on May 21, 2016.

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