Long Live Rock

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"Long Live Rock"
Single by The Who
from the album Odds & Sods
B-side "My Wife (live)"
"I'm the Face" (1979)
Released 28 September 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:56
Label Track/Polydor
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) The Who
The Who singles chronology
"Who Are You"/
Had Enough"
(UK, 1978)
"Trick of the Light"
(US, 1979)
"Long Live Rock"
"I'm One"
(UK, 1979)
"You Better You Bet"
(US, 1981)
Odds & Sods track listing
"Naked Eye"
"Long Live Rock"

"Long Live Rock" is a single by The Who, written by Pete Townshend during the Lifehouse period. It was not included in the Who's Next album, as it wasn't recorded until 1972. It was later performed by Billy Fury's character in the film That'll Be the Day featuring Keith Moon. The original Who recording of the song was later released on the rarities album Odds & Sods, as well as being released as a single in 1979.[1]


It was featured during the credits of seminal Who documentary, The Kids Are Alright. A live version recorded by The Who at the BBC was released on their album BBC Sessions.

The song was to have been included on the album Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock!, before that was shelved.

The lyrics describe a concert at the Rainbow Theatre.[2]


  1. ^ Odds & Sods. Allmusic. Retrieved on 21 September 2008.
  2. ^ "From Colman to Costello: A History of the Astoria Cinema and Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 2013-11-30. Down at the Astoria the scene was changing,/bingo and rock were pushing out X-rating.