Interview With Pete Townshend in 1968
On August 12th, 1968, the magazine was less than a year old, and Jann Wenner interviewed the Who guitarist Pete Townshend while the band was playing a series of shows at San Francisco's Fillmore West at the end of their expansive North American tour. "Magic Bus" was their big, new song.
After an exhaustingly long stretch of shows, it was clear Townshend, the fearsome guitar-smasher, was eager to get back into the studio. Less than a month after speaking with Wenner, the Who would begin recording Tommy, their landmark rock opera, and complete it in March. Inklings of that record emerge in this interview, and Townshend also spoke about the genesis of destroying his guitar onstage, which heightened the music's urgency, danger – and most importantly – ensured the Who always have an audience.