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My Generation

Thursday, 23 July, 2015

The fourth song in our series of the classics of 1965, that vital year in the history of modern music, is My Generation by The Who. Lead guitarist Pete Townshend composed it on a train journey from London to Southampton on 19 May 1965 — his 20th birthday. In a 1987 Rolling Stone interview, he said: “My Generation was very much about trying to find a place in society. The band was young then. It was believed that its career would be incredibly brief.” The song contains the famous line, “I hope I die before I get old” and the band’s drummer Keith Moon did, dying of a drug overdose in 1978 at 32.

Anorak note: The song features one of the first bass solos in rock history played by John Entwistle on a Danelectro instrument.


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