the who Archive

Take Five: Great Deep-dive Tracks from Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is widely acclaimed for many things; at or near the top of that list is his songwriting for The Who. But also worthy of praise – and further […]

Take 5: John Entwistle

As critic John Swenson astutely observed in the 1979 edition of The Rolling Stone Record Guide, bassist John Entwistle “had the misfortune to be a good songwriter in a group […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: Books

2022 has been a stellar year for music-related books. For much of the pandemic era( and a good chunk of this year) it looked as if the well had, if […]

Take Five: Deep Cuts from Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is best known as the guitarist and visionary songwriter for The Who. But Townshend plays all manner of instruments, and even in the earliest days of the band […]

Book Review: The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years, 1964 to 1976

Author: Edoardo Genzolini Schiffer Publishing 2022, 306 pp. $59.99 (and well worth it) In the third decade of the 21st century, it’s challenging to come up with a book that […]

March Through Time: The Who

It’s quite easy to overlook the fact, but considering only studio releases of new material, The who released a mere twelve albums in the period 1965-2019. True, many say that […]

The Who’s ‘Who Are You’ at 40: More Songs About Songs and Songwriting

The late 1970s represented an uneasy time for The Who. The decade had begun auspiciously, with the group riding high on a critical and commercial wave; the success of 1969’s […]

An American in London: The Shel Talmy Interview, Part One

In the history of rock and pop, it’s rare that a producer becomes a “rock star.” Certain names have become prominent fixtures in the audio part of pop culture: Phil […]

Video Review: The Who — Live at Shea Stadium 1982

In the eyes of most pop music historians, The Who circa 1982 gets a pretty bad rap. With the hindsight of history, it’s not that difficult to understand why. Drummer […]

Album Review: Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia

On one hand, the existence of this album makes perfect sense. Among many Who fans (myself most assuredly included), Quadrophenia ranks among the most celebrated work from Pete Townshend and/or […]