The Who: “My Generation”

ALBUM: The Who Sings My Generation

YEAR: 1966

WRITER: Pete Townshend

Although it peaked at a lowly number-74 on the Billboard Hot 100, it got to number-two on the British singles chart.

Practically since he wrote it, Pete Townshend has been answering questions about the line in The Who’s “My Generation” declaring, “I hope I die before I get old.” Here’s what he had to say about it at a 1989 press conference in New York. “The only thing now is that looking back on those words, ‘I hope I die before I get old,’ I really know now that that will happen – that will happen to all of us – and in a sense, in a lot of ways, it has already started, that process. Certain bits of me, which were operating extremely well when I wrote those lines, don’t function quite so adequately today.”

Pete Townshend celebrates his 72nd birthday today (May 19th).


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