Who I Am

Hardcover | October 8, 2012

byPete Townshend

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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?

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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 chil...

Pete Townshend is the legendary lead guitarist and principal songwriter for The Who, one of the most influential rock-and-roll bands of all time. Townshend is responsible for having written over 100 songs and rock operas in the band's important catalogue. He is one ofRolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He resides in West London, where he ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:October 8, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443418919

ISBN - 13:9781443418911

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Peter Townshend Opens Up! Introspective biography that goes deep into music genius Peter Townshend's psyche. As a Who fan, I wanted to read more about the songs and albums not so much about Peter's inability to be faithful to his wife or his internal issues. Still a good read but not for the casual Who fan. At times, way too depressing and not enough joy about the Who.
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Who I am OK but got tired of the stream of consciousness style of writing. I have always been a Who fan so enjoyed the stories but was glad when I got to the end.
Date published: 2013-04-12