Pete Townshend’s Smashing Legacy Lampooned

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The Who are making the final North American round of concerts on their Hits 50! farewell tour; older and wiser yet as powerful as ever. (See links below for our reviews from last month and last year). But nowhere near as destructive. (Please, Pete, on the last night, maybe smash just one guitar for old time’s sake?)

Today (May 19) is Pete Townshend’s birthday. See below for a special offer from The Who (May 19 only)

But back in the day…. And back in the rock days of yore of the 1970s-80s, David Skinner tickled the funny bone of the music business with his regular cartoons in the fondly remembered music trade magazine Record World. He has colorized for Best Classic Bands one of his oldies but goodies from back then in commemoration of this vital aspect of The Who’s legacy: smashing good shows.


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The Who are offering a 20% discount on purchases made at their online store today (May 19)…

The Who Store Discount 5-19-16

Read our comprehensive coverage/celebration of The Who Hits 50!

The Who Triumph at Madison Square Garden concert review (3/3/16)

Who’s The Greatest concert review (4/27/15)

Who Are They at 50 tour preview by the band’s first biographer John Swenson

The Who Hit Three & Debut in NYC (7/8/67) remembrance of the band’s first full New York City Concert by Who fanatic Binky Philips

David Skinner

David Skinner

David Ray Skinner was born and raised in Nashville, and he developed an interest in music and drawing at an early age. When he was still in junior high school, he co-founded a garage band called “Swamp Gas” and had his first cartoon published in the Nashville Banner. He studied art and journalism at Carson-Newman College and served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper his junior and senior years. While at Carson-Newman, he also drew editorial cartoons for the Morristown Citizen-Tribune.

Skinner’s first job after college was at an East Tennessee weekly, where he worked as a reporter and editorial cartoonist and also contributed a weekly comic strip called “Tales of Space Helen.” In 1977, his love for art, design and music landed him in New York, where he became the cartoonist and, later on, Art Director, for Record World magazine. While at Record World, he did cartoons for such notables as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Led Zeppelin, and Billy Joel. He spent his last few years in New York art directing Doubleday’s Literary Guild Magazine. At Doubleday, he created marketing treatments for books by writers such as James Michener, Peter Maas, Stephen King, and celebrities such as Candice Bergen, Dinah Shore and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

In 1984, Skinner moved to Atlanta and co-founded a design and advertising agency called Indelible Inc. In the early 90’s, Skinner became involved in various musical projects, including Johnny Cash’s Return to the Promised Land, for which he designed the logo and co-wrote the title track with Cash and Hugh Waddell. He also wrote and recorded the Civil War concept album, John Hunt Morgan: A Southern Legend, which was considered for Gettysburg College’s famed Lincoln Prize, an award given annually to a literary work focusing on the American Civil War.

In 2005, Skinner formed a marketing, design, illustration and advertising agency called Bridgital.Some of his more recent works include a 20-foot bas-relief sculpture over the entrance to the University of West Georgia’s new football stadium, jingles that have aired weekly on the Grand Ole Opry and a watercolor hanging on the office wall of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
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  1. JohnnyCNote
    #1 JohnnyCNote 23 May, 2016, 00:28

    Townshend has to be the most overrated guitar player who’s ever lived…

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