How did this effect your guitar playing?Instead I said “All right, you’re not capable of doing it musically, you’ve got to do it visually,” I became a huge, visual thing. The music would have come from the actual drive of the youth combination itself. I’d think about him and I’d think about what I am going to be missing. Someone comes up and touches you and you become black. When I should be practicing, I’m writing songs and when I’m writing songs, I should be practicing. It covered everybody, everybody looked the same, and everybody acted the same and everybody wanted to be the same. They perhaps dig other people. And on the other you have the reality of the father outside, uptight, but now you’ve got blows, you’ve got communication. Sometimes it gets a drag to do it. It’s the bloody explosion that they create when you let the gun off. Although I dig my guitar playing, I think it’s kind of an obvious situation, I play what I want to play within my own restrictions. As a charter member of U.K. rock royalty, Pete Townshend has inspired countless players around the world with his wild solos, impeccable rhythm technique and penchant for windmilling antics and guitar-smashing theatrics. In part one of the 1968 interview, Townshend spoke about his guitar smashing techniques, why he does it, the mod revolution in England and narrated the story of his next record, which would become ‘Tommy’, The Who are the best known and most brilliant expression of the most influential “youth movement” ever to take Great Britain, the Mods. Not a “Desolation Row” scene, but a very common set of middle class situations. Tonight, for some reason, I went on and I said “I’m not going to break it’ and I didn’t. I could hear the notes in my head, but I couldn’t get them out on the guitar. What pop music was doing to people was something incredibly big, and so all the musicians that were creating rock and roll are saying, “Wow, it’s doing something incredibly big, we’re gonna follow this through.”. The package I hope is going to be called “Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy.” It’s a story about a kid that’s born deaf, dumb and blind and what happens to him throughout his life. But he had a ripe period when he played – and again smashed - Gibsons. Like Sgt. The father starts to hit him and at this moment the whole thing becomes incredibly realistic. Metzger, whose auto-destructive movement was launched “in protest at rising consumerism, the proliferation of capitalism, and the building of nuclear weapons” (via the Telegraph ) was a mentor to the guitarist during his student days. The first two big events are when he hears his mother calling him and hears the word, “Tommy” and he devotes a whole part of his life to this one word. It was exciting, but what it needed was voices. With the compliment I immediately think of the people I dig. Want more Rolling Stone? When we get through that, all the lyrics cleaned out, we’ll start to work through the album. That was the good thing about it. Were you happy about it?Deep inside I was very unhappy because the thing had got broken. If there was one person who wasn’t impressed by Pete Townshend’s infamous guitar smashing on stage, it’s his bandmate and Who frontman, Roger Daltrey. The thing is that you become simpler and simpler and more and more down to the simple ways of life, to be able to blunder through life without getting anybody uptight at all. I want to tell you two words but I can’t because you’ve got a child there,” Townshend said before then mouthing the expletives in a toxic manner while the crowd cheered on. They were always very respectable – nobody ever stopped making me play the guitar and nobody ever stopped me smoking pot, although they advised me against it. 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