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Pete Townshend Demonstrates the Art of Guitar Destruction: Exclusive Clip From "Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who"

October 25, 2007 12:10 PM ET

There have been many guitar-demolishers in the history of rock, but perhaps none more accomplished than the Who's Pete Townshend. Click above to check out an exclusive clip of Townshend demonstrating his technique from Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who, a film tracking the band's forty-plus-year career via all-new interviews with Townshend, Roger Daltrey and more, plus rare concert footage. The movie comes out on DVD November 6th along with Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones, an additional feature-length project that compiles commentary on the Who's significance from Eddie Vedder, the Edge, Sting and Noel Gallagher, among other musicians.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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