My Generation Introduction
But there's something a bit strange about a song that celebrates the young and denounces the old surviving this long – almost half a century. And there's more than a little irony in young musicians paying tribute to the song's now 65-year old writer, Pete Townshend, by repeating his most famous line.
"My Generation" is a great song by great band. But its message and its legacy are worth thinking about.
About the Song
|Artist||The Who||Musician(s)||Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar, back-up vocals), John Entwistle (bass, back-up vocals), Keith Moon (drums)|
|Label||Decca (U.S.), Brunswick (U.K.)|
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The song was also crucial to the evolution of The Who. While the band's rhythm and blues roots are evident in the song's call and response vocals, the band's shift toward a more stripped down rock and roll is also apparent.
On the Charts"My Generation" reached #2 in Britain, and #75 in the U.S.
The song is #11 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.