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By Pete Townshend

From the voice of a generation:

...smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, through accident.
...heard the voice of God on a vibrating mattress in rural Illinois.
...invented the Marshall stack, suggestions, and the idea that album.
...stole his windmill guitar-playing from Keith Richards.
...detached from his physique in an plane, on LSD, and approximately died.
...has a few explaining to do. the main literary and literate musician of the final fifty years.
...planned to write down his memoir while he was once 21.
...published this ebook at 67.

One of rock music's so much clever and literary performers, Pete Townshend—guitarist, songwriter, editor—tells his closest-held tales concerning the origins of the preeminent twentieth-century band The Who, his personal profession as an artist and performer, and his stressed lifestyles out and in of the general public eye during this candid autobiography, Who I Am.

With eloquence, fierce intelligence, and brutal honesty, Pete Townshend has written a deeply own ebook that still stands as a main resource for well known music's maximum epoch. Readers may be faced by means of a guy laying naked who he's, an artist who has requested for almost sixty years: who're you?

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Led Zeppelin have been additionally operating with a powerfully using degree sound, yet Jimmy web page used to be following the culture of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. through comparability, reside at Leeds is extra direct and spontaneous. Our goal was once just to blow you away. Nik Cohn, whose dialog with me had helped make Tommy available and no more po-faced, wrote within the big apple instances: ‘Tommy is rock’s first formal masterpiece. dwell at Leeds is the definitive hard-rock holocaust. it's the most sensible dwell rock album ever made. ’ This was once a wonderful evaluate, yet after the severe good fortune of Tommy it set one other sky-high mountain of a benchmark that I’d have to go beyond with regardless of the Who recorded subsequent. may perhaps I do it? And if i'll, what else could I then need to turn out? the place else may my lifestyles pass? ACT a truly determined guy concentrating on nowhere Investigating miles I’m a seeker I’m a truly determined guy. ‘The Seeker’ (1970) within open air. depart me by myself. inside of outdoors. Nowhere is domestic. ‘5:15’ (1973) thirteen LIFEHOUSE AND LONELINESS We have been rock stars. we all – Keith, John, Roger and that i – had purposes to feel free, but every one folks was once quickly to undergo a few form of trouble facing our new-found superstar. What had occurred? We have been profitable, highly so. That luck replaced every little thing for us, for the band and for equipment and Chris. on the finish of 1969 The Rolling Stones had suffered an lousy, stigmatising tragedy while a struggle broke out at their Altamont convey close to San Francisco, and a member of the Hell’s Angels, employed as defense enforcers, used to be filmed stabbing a guy to demise. It appeared as if ‘Sympathy for the satan’ was once coming again to hang-out them. before everything of 1970 The Beatles cut up up. by contrast, The Who looked as if it would have the gods on our facet. on reflection to 1965, whilst i assumed The Who could merely final many years, i used to be surprised at our switch in fortune. For the 1st 5 years of our occupation The Who have been suffering to compete with bands just like the circulation, The Kinks, the gorgeous issues, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, unfastened and The Small Faces, and we weren’t within the comparable league because the Stones or Beatles. Now, without notice, we have been on our personal. This isn’t to claim we have been on most sensible of any pile; yet fairly, we have been out in open water while lots of our both critical friends appeared to be suffering to stick afloat in a sea of father lightweights like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, or The Herd. those bands have been completely reliable, yet that they had no ambition to do something adventurous. they simply sought after hit singles. yet by means of 1968 having a success unmarried appeared nearly beside the point – at most sensible a doubtful fulfillment – and prior to lengthy a few of the higher rock bands could flip their backs at the singles charts thoroughly. but through spring 1970, within the wake of Tommy and stay at Leeds, with none different musical undertaking in the mean time, no fast principles for a brand new large-scale paintings, i used to be emotionally and spiritually unsettled. This had most likely been the main severe, lively and profitable interval of The Who’s occupation, and now that every little thing was once slowing down a section all eyes have been turning again to me, the composer.

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