Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is 71 years old today.
Townshend had plans to become a graphic artist before his music career
took off. His grandmother bought him his first guitar in 1956. After having
a spiritual awakening and becoming a disciple of Indian spiritual master
Meher Baba, Pete Townshend was one of very few rock stars who was
strongly opposed the use of psychedelic drugs.