Who I Am Hardcover – Oct 9 2012
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“Intensely intimate…candid to the point of self-laceration…[Townshend’s] tone is less lofty than anyone would have expected, just as this book is more honest than any fan would have hoped.” (Rolling Stone (Four 1/2 Stars!))
“Mr. Townshend’s self-portrait is raw and unsparing...as intimate and as painful as a therapy session, while chronicling the history of the band as it took shape in the Mod scene in 1960s London and became the very embodiment of adolescent rebellion and loud, anarchic rock ‘n’ roll.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)
“Unusually frank and moving…[Who I Am] isn’t one of those rock memoirs that puts the what before the why. His past is a puzzle Mr. Townshend is sweating to decipher.” (The Guardian (UK)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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 of Rolling 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 was raised.
Top Customer Reviews
About a quarter of the way into the book I almost stopped reading it. However, before putting it on the shelf I read other reviews. It was then I learned that I had to approach the book in a certain way. Consider the book like Pete's therapy. He's not trying to play to the masses and delight in tales of rock 'n roll excess. Here is a man coming to terms with childhood abuse, infidelity, business challenges, and more. Through that lense, the book becomes manageable, and we follow Pete on his long journey as a musician.
This autobiography took Pete many years to write; perhaps too many. In the time it's taken Pete to write the book, rock 'n roll bios have become their own genre with some titles that have set a high benchmark. Bob Dylan's Chronicles is the best of the bunch in my opinion, and I wish Pete had taken a similar approach to Dylan: a journey through time, but every once in a while pulling over at the side of the road and giving more detail. I wish Pete described more of his influences, his songs, his favourite performances.
A worthwhile read, but not what could have been.
Mr. Townsend's book is a wealth of information, both personally and historically, and for the most part I enjoyed it. The down side? Oddly, for a man as accomplished and erudite as he, Townsend's open reportage often comes off feeling self-congratulatory - and when writing of others, often feels like name-dropping. Is this his insecurity coming out or am I imagining things? (Don't answer that.)
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Pete Townshend bares all and let's us into his life of rock and roll excess and personal demons. It makes the reader want to be an artist.Published 21 months ago by Adam Lehmann
Great product and fast service! Will for sure buy again from you. Have a Merry Xmas & A Happy 2013!Published on Dec 15 2012 by Glenn Scribner