Excellently performed autobiography.
Personable, heartfelt performance.
Thanks for this enlightening and entertaining autobiography. I am grateful that you chose to tell your own story. Listening to your voice was like listening to a good friend. Best wishes to you for the rest of your life, and beyond.
Interested, captivated, and delighted
It was a great treat to have Townshend read this himself. I felt like I got to have the conversation that I always wanted with one of my heroes. The early years, the youthful angst, the crazy 60s, the family man, the abuse, and the passion all combined to paint a human portrait of a great artist.
I am fascinated by the post-war era in the UK, and Townshend does a great job of tying together the period before the British Invasion. A bygone period that included Holiday Camps, impoverished children playing in bombed out lots, Skiffle, Mods and Rockers, and a brawling young Roger Daltry. The book is like a great cigar, full of rich flavors and history, and yet still something that you can savor in the moment.
There should probably be a cute wordplay that use the standard “Who” motif, but I am not sure that this would make a good movie. I suppose "Pete Who?" or some such thing.
If you loved Keith Richard's Life, you will love this book as well. If you are a fan of The Who, you will definitely love this book. This said, neither of these are prerequisites, and if you are the type who would simply enjoy listening to a tremendous raconteur cover a fascinating period of history from the front seat, then you will also love this book.
Admirer of history and biographies.
I'm a pretty big Who fan. It was my hope that there'd be some sort of inside stories of how some of my favorite songs came to be which, to fair there are, but not anywhere near enough. I was also hoping to hear some inside stories about the recording process and their legendery screaming matches but alas, only a scant few. The narrative pretty much goes on about his neurosis’ and accompanying substance abuse problems, which is fine. But personally I would have preferred more of the former and less of the latter.
Beyond that, the sniggering smarminess that dominate spots of his narration tend to wear thin after a while and have left me having to listen to this in installments. I havn't even finished listening to the book, but intend to. In conclusion, it's just a difficult listen where I fully expected to devour it.
Pete's energy. This flowed like a series of pub conversations. Tales well-worn in the telling and perhaps improved, confidences related for the first time, and confessions bonding you to the speaker. His engagement with the material, and his generosity, overcome his flaws.
Besides the protagonist of course, the other three members of The Who all merit their time in the spotlight. Townshend is frank about where he and they disagree, and is fair to all.
Not really performed, but the affection for the departed Keith Moon and John Entwistle is moving. I also liked how Pete gave a nod to the early members of the band, and those before The Who, and tried to include (hear his closing acknowledgments) all his friends.
No, as it was very long--17 hours. The one critique I have is that even if this was edited from 750 to 450 pages, it still needed more revision. How much he spent on yachts and how much he was paid for such and such a concert is initially interesting, but this fades rapidly. He chuckles a lot at his own jokes, but at least it's a genuine humor, and not a forced pose.
The spiritual side, with Meher Baba, I found intriguing. Townshend's tensions between money and fame and his quest for meaning always made him a singular voice in rock. It's illuminating to hear his version of how he tried to live a life of excess given his idealism.
Pete's memoir was honest, interesting, and not too loquacious. I've read several rock autobiographies and this is among the best. That he did the reading for the audiobook was an unexpected joy. Thank you, Mr. Townshend.
I loved Pete's narration. I also enjoyed hearing details about his life and writing process. I disliked the poor editing. He jumped from episode to episode with no transition. People entered and left his life with no explanation. His drug and alcohol problems came and went just as mysteriously.
I would have liked more detail about every aspect of his life.
Yes. It was good, as far as it went.
Oh My God
They will all be comparing themselves to this one. Pete Townshend's autobiography stands alone.
I would say my favorite was the African American blind musician in the bar who remembered Townshend's interrupting voice from a past performance. Hysterical. But Townshend telling the story makes it even funnier. I dare you to listen to that part without smiling.
Yes, but I didn't want it to end, either.
I was taken by the author's sincere and honest reading. I didn't know who he was until I read this audiobook. What an incredible life. Who would have thought an autobiography could be this good???? A++++++++ HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Don't miss this one. BRAVO