Who I Am

Who I Am

A Memoir

Large Print - 2012
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From the voice of a generation: The most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who... is a Londoner and a Mod.... wanted The Who to be called The Hair.... loved The Everly Brothers, but not that "drawling dope" Elvis.... wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer.... became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor.... smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, by accident.... heard the voice of God on a vibrating bed in rural Illinois.... invented the Marshall stack, feedback and the concept album.... once speared Abbie Hoffman in the neck with the head of his guitar.... inspired Jimi Hendrix's pyrotechnical stagecraft.... is partially deaf in his left ear.... stole his windmill guitar playing from Keith Richards.... followed Keith Moon off a hotel balcony into a pool and nearly died.... did too much cocaine and nearly died.... drank too much and nearly died.... detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died.... helped rescue Eric Clapton from heroin.... is banned for life from Holiday Inns.... was embroiled in a tabloid scandal that has dogged him ever since.... has some explaining to do.... is the most literary and literate musician of the last 50 years.... planned to write his memoir when he was 21.... published this book at 67.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780062201522
Characteristics: vi, 741 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.

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Irritating
Jun 03, 2016

don't know the Who yet, but his life fascinates. Continue to check out

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Jeffsuke
Apr 24, 2016

Take this book at what it is titled, this is a book about Pete. The Who is touched on as a facet of his life but don't expect insights into songs or a blow by blow account of his discography. Interesting book but it was not what I was expecting or hoping for.
Pete has a very great sense of humor which I wish would have shown through in this book.

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pattyskypants
Dec 14, 2013

Mostly about the music, but he spends a bit of time reflecting on his soul. It appears he has one.

jpdanzig Aug 12, 2013

Interesting when Townshend talks about the Who, boring when he talks about his solo work, the women with whom he's cheated on his wife, the cars and boats he has bought, etc. Ultimately a rather self-indulgent helping of millionaire rock star twaddle. And not a word about Zak Starkey replacing Keith Moon and Kenny Jones on drums!

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Ichigaga
Apr 02, 2013

An honest look at himself. Admits he is not a saint...just a guy seeking the answers to the big questions, while also falling to the temptations all around him. Good insight for real Who fans.

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rscowboy
Feb 16, 2013

Too long by 20%, but a straight-forward biography of one of the 20th century's music giants.

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dirtbag1
Jan 08, 2013

Pete Townshend says this book was reduced to just 500 pages from over the original 1000 or more. At times it gets muddled with the names of people who he worked with in the industry but it shows how many are involved with the big names. The sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll are all here but he tends to downplay the roll of the drugs and booze. He seems at times to mention his addictions as almost incidental to his work. One can only imagine the quality of work he may have produced if he didn't battle his demons. If anything the reader becomes aware of the price a person in his position gives up i.e. family life to pursue a dream. I would be interested to compare his bandmates bios of him. He did well to survive in a world where many of his compadres did not.

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KenWorth
Dec 22, 2012

Brilliant! - a must read for any fan of The Who. This guy is one of the most under-rated songwriters/guitarists of the British school of rock.

Louuuuu Nov 13, 2012

Very good read. Thankfully, "I hope I die before I get old" didn't work out ...

Maybe about 50 pages too long, though.

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eberhartj
Oct 18, 2012

Everyone who knows about Pete Townshend -- songwriter and guitarist for The Who -- knows he can write; his songs prove that, as does his fiction collection, "Horse's Neck." But can he write effectively and honestly about himself? "Who I Am" answers that question with a resounding yes. Townshend offers details about being born into a showbiz family, and also shares his feelings, which have been misunderstood at times, about the untimely deaths of Who drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, who, until his passing in the early 2000s, had been Townshend's closest friend. Highly recommended.

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