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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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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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