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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia apparently won't be eligible for the classical charts in the U.K., and Townshend is none too pleased about it.

And The Who guitarist railed about in a recent Facebook post about the orchestral adaptation of the band's 1973 rock opera: "Classic Quadrophenia is not allowed in the U.K. classical charts? Musical snobbery in the classical elite still alive and kicking then. F*** 'em, There's a huge team behind this, rooted in the practical world of recorded classical music, who deserve better than this slap-down. I know I'm a rock dinosaur and I'm happy to be one, but the team behind Classic Quadrophenia are all young, creative and brilliant." 

The orchestral adaptation of the band's 1973 rock opera was released Tuesday, June 9, scored by Townshend's girlfriend Rachel Fuller and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Oriana Choir conducted by Robert Ziegler, with Alfie Boe singing Roger Daltrey's iconic parts and guest appearances by Townshend (as The Godfather), Billy Idol (Ace Face/Bell Boy) and Quadrophenia film star Phil Daniels as Dad. Classic Quadrophenia will qualify for placement on Billboard's Classical Albums chart next week.  READ THE FULL Billboard ARTICLE