Quick menu
  • Pete Townshend (PTOW002MAGO)
  • Pete Townshend (PTOW001MAGO(
  • Pete Townshend (PTOW001SSHE)
    25% Off Sale
  • Pete Townshend (WH001BW)
    Available To Buy
  • Pete Townshend (WH006BW)
    New Print
  • Who, The (WH004BW)
    New Print
  • The Who (WH001JBRU)
    New Print
  • The Who (WH002JBRU)
    New Print
  • Who, The
  • Who, The (WH002BW)
  • Who, The (WH003BW)
    New Print
  • Who. The (WH001MPUT)
    Available To Buy

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the guitarist, co-lead vocalist, songwriter, and leader for the rock band The Who. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. 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 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).  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.

Although he grew up in a household with jazz musicians, Townshend absorbed many of his ideas about performance and rock music themes during art school. Townshend's roommate at Ealing Art College, Tom Wright, had a large record collection, and Townshend listened to and became influenced by R&B artists like Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Booker T. & the MGs, Little Walter, and Chuck Berry.

www.petetownshend.net

Browse our unique collection of Pete Townshend photos and prints below

Pete Townshend (PTOW002MAGO)

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend walking down a quiet Soho street, London in 1980 whilst on a photo shoot for the Telegraph Sunday magazine

Prices from £395.00
print
Pete Townshend (PTOW001MAGO(

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend posing in a recording studio in Soho, London in 1980

Prices from £395.00
print
Pete Townshend (PTOW001SSHE)

Pete Townshend

'Southall Kids are Innocent'

Prices from £218.75
print
Pete Townshend (WH001BW)

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend, from The Who, in Soho, London in 1970

Prices from £208.33
print
Pete Townshend (WH006BW)

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend from the Who at his flat near Victoria Station in London in 1968.

Prices from £1,300.00
print
Who, The (WH004BW)

The Who

John Entwhistle & Pete Townshend from The Who recording overdubbing in London in 1968

Prices from £1,300.00
print
The Who (WH001JBRU)

The Who

Roger Daltery & Pete Townshend of The Who live at the Desert Trip Festival, Indio, California in October 2016

Prices from £400.00
print
The Who (WH002JBRU)

The Who

Pete Townshend onstage with The Who live at Desert Trip Festival, Indio, California in October 2016

Prices from £400.00
print
Who, The

The Who

Pete Townshend leaping in the air whilst onstage with The Who in Houston, Texas in 1976

Prices from £1,050.00
print
Who, The (WH002BW)

The Who

The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend in London in 1968

Prices from £1,300.00
print
Who, The (WH003BW)

The Who

The Who at the Melody Maker Awards in London in 1969

Prices from £1,300.00
print
Who. The (WH001MPUT)

The Who

Pete Townshend throws his guitar live whilst The Who perform at Madison Square Gardens in the US, 1979.

Prices from £595.00
print

Featured Prints

David Bowie (DB001POST)

David Bowie

Exclusive David Bowie print specially created by The Postman for Rockarchive, based on a photograph taken by Dave Hogan at Live Aid in 1985

Prices from £291.67
print
Patti Smith (PS001LR)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith photographed in the Netherlands in January 1980

Prices from £295.00
print
Glastonbury Jarvis Cocker (PULP001JF)

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker performing one of his signature moves with Pulp on The Park Stage during the 2011 Glastonbury Festival

Prices from £295.00
print
Jam, The (JA006MAGO)

The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'

Prices from £395.00
print
Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at the Melody Maker Pop Awards 1967

Prices from £750.00
print
Adam Ant (AANT001JF)

Adam Ant

Adam Ant photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during a cover shoot for The Face magazine in February 1981

Prices from £295.00
print

Featured Artists

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968 & considered one of the most innovative & influential rock bands in history.

artist
Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

A unique collection of images of Pink Floyd, one of the worlds most successful and influential rock bands.

artist
Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

artist
Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

artist
Oasis

Oasis

Oasis was an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band has sold over 70 million records worldwide.

artist
Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

artist

Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

collection
Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

Our contact sheet print collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

collection
Alternative artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's Division Bell

Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable

collection
Morgan Howell Print Collection

Morgan Howell Print Collection

Artist Morgan Howell's paintings of record sleeves have become cult classics. We are delighted to introduce a range of his affordable prints

collection
Jake Chessum

Jake Chessum

During his 30 year career Jake Chessum has shot defining images of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Jay Z, The Beastie Boys & David Bowie.

photographer
Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

collection