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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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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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