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The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight

Townshend and Co. rock bodies, blow minds

September 2, 2004

Back when fans showed their approval by flashing peace signs instead of devil horns, The Who reflected the violence and anarchy of the times. At the fractious 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, the band stunned the audience with assorted hits, covers and obscurities, and then unleashed Tommy in a blast of grandiose tumult. A 2004 Pete Townshend interview provides insight on the menacing cultural and physical contexts of the show, adding even more edge.

This story is from the September 2nd, 2004 issue of Rolling Stone.

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