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Harrow Council commemorates Townshend's guitar smashing

A local authority has unveiled a plaque at the location where Pete Townshend of The Who first smashed an electric guitar on stage.
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The location where Pete Townshend first smashed an electric guitar on stage has been hailed as a rock landmark by a local authority.

According to Harrow Council, The Who's habit of smashing guitars during their gigs began in a pub called the Railway Hotel in 1964.

Although the hostelry no longer exists, it is now home to a housing block called, appropriately enough, Daltrey House.

Harrow Council has therefore chosen to mark its significance by unveiling a plaque at the site.

Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane, head of housing at the authority, told the Harrow Times: "It seemed to us only right that music fans on pilgrimages around London can see another landmark associated with a true great of rock music."

He added that it is "amazing" to think that The Who's trademark of smashing electric guitars began in a pub in Harrow.

The Who rose to prominence with hits such as I Can't Explain and My Generation and continue to tour today, despite the deaths of band members Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

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Posted on 14 Dec 2009 16:00 to category : Instruments News

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