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6 Reasons The Who Is Better Than That Stupid Band You Like

Pete Townshend on Woodstock: "A lot of Americans congratulating themselves on the fact that this festival was gonna change the world."

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Kathy Shaidle

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April 25, 2012 - 10:30 am
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#1 – The Who Accepted an Award From President Bush and Didn’t Embarrass Him or Themselves

Don’t laugh: how rare was that for eight years?

They didn’t grab the opportunity to make a “political statement” or send out Pocahontas to (refuse to) pick up their prize.

Instead, everybody had a nice time. Maybe even Barbra Streisand!

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Roger Daltrey’s official statement upon hearing that The Who would be the first rock band to ever receive a Kennedy Center Honor was unfailingly classy and gracious:

As a teenager growing up in the austerity of post war England, it was the music I heard emanating from America that gave me a dream to hang my life on. That dream was to make music and make it there. I am deeply touched at receiving this honour. The warmth and affection I feel from our US audience is humbling indeed. To be added to the list of past recipients of this award makes that dream come true.

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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).
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