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
A great summary, without leaving out ANY details. It took 11 chapters to get to The Who's biggest commercial success, Tommy, in 1969. And there were 22 more chapters to go.
I don't know what else Pete could tell us about his life.
Not really. This wasn't the best recording. He would laugh at his own stories and the audio would fade in and out.
No, it went on too long.
Just too long.
I consider myself a huge Who fan, so I would likely cut this book more slack than most. If someone is a Who obsessive that wants a timeline for production and release dates, this book would serve, I guess.
It's close to 20 hours long but incredibly short on detail where it matters. It's an endless parade of yachts purchased, women he loves madly (but disappear by the next chapter) and misery heaped on his long suffering wife.
Keith Richards allegedly accused Townshend of "thinking too much". So true-he tries to come off as deep and cerebral but it just doesn't work.
I'll stick to Who albums!
The 500 people he name checks without their adding anything to the story.
Just a massive disappointment.
Coming from a Who freak (28 albums) and huge PT admirer this book is not an easy listen. I'm going to critique the delivery and not the content. Pete's delivery is monotone and less than engaging - and he has this annoying habit of emitting this fake laugh as if it's a cue that he said something funny. He almost sounds like he's bored. I'm about 1/2 way through and thought about returning this book but couldn't bring myself to do it.
Long live rock!
As a Who fan, I definitely found this worth listening to. I would have liked more about some of the music-the 60's and 70's speed by quickly. I didn't really get a great idea about his relationships with the other members of the band and his wife. Yes, he talks about them, but he has more detailed anecdotes about presumably peripheral people, like Theresa Russell. In that vein, he goes into detail about things that were ultimately not relevant, and completely skips over and glosses over other things.
I would definitely read a books about him, but not by him.
This was in parts a painful listen, because Townshend had a painful upbringing that he carried with him through his life. I tried to keep this in mind when he describes his self-admittedly jerky behavior.
Finding time to listen is easier than finding time to read. Many hours behind the wheel allow me to safely enjoy an audiobook where reding a print or digital media book would be impossible or at least ill-advised.
Pete is clearly central. This is, after all an autobiography. I very much enjoyed that he narrated. His candor and self-awareness (low self esteem notwithstanding) personalized his tales and experiences and allowed the listener in. Thank you.
The authors narration makes this more the telling of stories than the reading of a book.
I laughed. I cried. I cheered and I jeered.
I love reading but with farming, there's little time to relax and sit and read. Alas, I enjoy my Audible books whilst in the car travelling
Surprised, enjoyable, rousing
I loved that Pete Townsend read the book, therefore putting emotion in the reading. The acute laugh before reading an experience allows the reader to enjoy the moment a little more. Overall, where I thought Pete Townsend was a real rebel, I believe he has just led a life of restlessness with lots of fun times.
Too many to recount
His memories of his grandmother looking after him. So truthful.
Loved listening to this book. It showed more of the man than his music does, which is a lot.
Having never really been a big Who fan I am not quite sure why I choose this title...certainly am happy I did so.....I almost felt I was on the Magic Bus. My preconcieved notions about the members of the band were flat out totally wrong. Pete Townsend I always knew was talented...even though not a big fan anyone who is a peer of those who madeup the British Invasion would have to be deaf not to heard and appreciated at least some of the Who's music. But Pete Townsend is so much more....he has really packed in a massive amount of accomplishments and interests and career's (yes multiple careers-while a rock star) into his life. A truely remarkable man. The only disappointment I had was he mentioned so many cities that he traveled,toured ,vacationed and visited...but when telling the story of Keith Moon driving the Lincoln into the pool at the Holiday Inn...he omitted saying it was in Flint,Michigan...as that is my hometown I wish he had-but then it is his story and his book.
His performance in reading the book was incredible...again far beyond what I could ever have imagined. He told a fascinating story and held my attention with an incredible performance....he proved to me he could perform on many different stages in many numerous ways. Funny it just occured to me how he shared all of his vast accomplishments and never once was he bragging or boastful...in fact quite the opposite...I admire that as well he certainly could have. A great listen-enjoy.