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Who I Am Audiobook

Who I Am

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Publisher's Summary

From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who...

  • ...wanted The Who to be called The Hair.
  • ...wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer, and a graphic designer.
  • ...became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor.
  • ...smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, by accident.
  • ...invented the Marshall stack, feedback, and the concept album.
  • ...inspired Jimi Hendrix's pyrotechnical stagecraft.
  • ...is partially deaf in his left ear.
  • ...stole his windmill guitar playing from Keith Richards.
  • ...followed Keith Moon off a hotel balcony into a pool and nearly died.
  • ...did too much cocaine and nearly died.
  • ...drank too much and nearly died.
  • ...detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died.
  • ...was embroiled in a tabloid scandal that has dogged him ever since.
  • ...planned to write his memoir when he was 21.
  • ...published this book at 67.

©2012 Pete Townshend (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ira cohen 04-26-17
    Ira cohen 04-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "WoW ho"

    A real eye opener. Pete, glad you went through and now told the story of an interesting life well lived.
    Happy you came out of it so well (internally.)

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    Robert F Brogan Point Pleasant, NJ, US 04-17-17
    Robert F Brogan Point Pleasant, NJ, US 04-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen for any Who fanatic who found traces of themselves in Pete's lyrics."

    Thank you, Pete, for your honesty & insights. You shaped my adolescence and listening to all you were experiencing has helped explain various aspects of the amazing musical journey you took us on.

    I wish you peace and thank you for the opportunity to share a glimpse into your life.

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    PM Pillitteri MD 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo Maestro!"

    I never wanted the story to finish and given Pete Townsend's career and life story I'm sure the story won't.
    Bravo Maestro!
    Next, I'm waiting for your musician master classes.

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    rebecca sachs 03-28-16
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    "WHO knew?"

    I had no idea how talented, creative, erudite, and forward thinking, Pete Townsend is. I always enjoyed the WHO, and the lyrics of many of their hits, but didn't appreciate the sophistication or technicality of their music. Similarly. the Life story was straightforward, unapologetic and sobering. Pate Townsend's narration was earnest, and very human. Loved it!

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    dave 01-31-16
    dave 01-31-16
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    "Pete and the "truth" are not well acquinted"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am certain this is how Pete recalls the major incidents of his life. Reading this book must have been brutal, but listening to Pete makes the audible worthwhile.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Pete's reading was the most interesting aspect. The story itself was least interesting


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    D. Marro Entertainment 11-22-15
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    "Amazing!"

    This is the single best example of what an audio book should be. It is more than just a narration. This audio book is an honest and detailed account of the author's life, and read, by the author, with a delivery that is so natural, you will think he has gone of the page and is just having a casual conversation with you.

    Pete is no stranger to the craft of literary writing, and the flow of the book flows very natural. The book is funny, dark, and brutally honest.

    It is probably my absolute favorite audio book. I've listened to it too many times to count.

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    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 10-15-15
    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 10-15-15
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    "Dead boring!"

    Pete Townshends voice is soooo hard to listen to! And his pretentious giggles at parts he thinks are funny....puke! I am returning this one, I will never make it another 16 hours, no matter how good it gets!

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    John L Murphy Los Angeles 06-26-15
    John L Murphy Los Angeles 06-26-15 Member Since 2013

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    "From the horse's mouth"
    What did you love best about Who I Am?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Townshend – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "engrossing"

    what a great narative. will keep your interest throughout....having Pete give the narative made it like a friend telling you his life story over a pint

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    Michael P. Grande Whittier, CA. USA 05-28-15
    Michael P. Grande Whittier, CA. USA 05-28-15

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    "Brilliant"

    This and Keefs are my favorite books so far. Pages book is next for me!

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