Who I Am

August 6, 2013|
Who I Am by Pete Townshend
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“Mr. Townshend’s self-portrait is raw and unsparing . . .as intimate and as painful as a therapy session.” —MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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 takes 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, 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?

PETE TOWNSHEND wrote over 100 songs and rock operas in TheWho’s remarkable catalogue. He is one ofRolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall ofFame in 1990. He has also written essays forRolling Stoneand published a novella entitledThe Boy Who Heard Music.WEB:petetownshe...
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Title:Who I Am
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:544 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.87 in
Shipping dimensions:544 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.87 in
Published:August 6, 2013
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781443418928

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