Long acknowledged as one of rock music''s most intelligent and
literary performers, Pete Townshend - guitarist, songwriter, singer
and founding member of The Who - at last tells his wild story in
this candid and immersive autobiography.
Raised in west London by an eccentric grandmother, while his
parents were off living the early post-war, rock ''n'' roll
lifestyle, Townshend describes a frenetic childhood of displacement
and abuse. Then, in high school, everything changed when he met
Roger Daltrey and formed a band that would travel the world,
earning fame, fortune and critical acclaim. In Who I Am,
Townshend brings us from the inner sanctum of Eric Clapton''s
drug-ridden hotel rooms to the feet of Jimi Hendrix and his
electric kool-aid guitar; from the first trial performance of
Townshend''s rock opera, Tommy, in a London bar to his
infamous arrest (and acquittal) on child pornography charges.
With his trademark eloquence, fierce intelligence and brutal
honesty, Pete Townshend has created a work of literature that
stands as a primary source for popular music''s greatest epoch.
Readers will be confronted by a man laying bare who he is, an
artist who has asked for nearly sixty years: Who are you?