Pete Townshend: "I was at an art school where the course was dedicated to breaking the rules, and I just drafted that into my work as a guitar player"

Pete Townshend performs with The Who in Buffalo, New York on July 18, 1989
(Image credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

This October 1994 interview with Pete Townshend was first run on in 1996.

A few years ago, many of the Who's great rock anthems – including I Can't Explain, My Generation, I Can See For Miles, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again and Baba O'Riley – were remastered with a new crystalline clarity for the band's four-CD boxed set, 30 Years of Maximum R&B

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Alan di Perna

In a career that spans five decades, Alan di Perna has written for pretty much every magazine in the world with the word “guitar” in its title, as well as other prestigious outlets such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Creem, Player, Classic Rock, Musician, Future Music, Keyboard, and He is author of Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits, Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History and co-author of Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Sound Style and Revolution of the Electric Guitar. The latter became the inspiration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibition “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll.” As a professional guitarist/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, Alan has worked with recording artists Brianna Lea Pruett, Fawn Wood, Brenda McMorrow, Sat Kartar and Shox Lumania.