From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who...
©2012 Pete Townshend (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
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!
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.
Pete's reading was the most interesting aspect. The story itself was least interesting
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.
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!
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.
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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