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Who I Am | [Pete Townshend]

Who I Am

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; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.
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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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    Nancy Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada 11-06-12
    Nancy Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "ok so he's an interesting pompus windbag"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have always been a huge fan of the Who and Pete Townshend, so I was really looking forward to his book. I have to say for the most part it was a great listen. Pete Townshend has always come across like a bit of a prat and this book doesn't do anything to change my opinion. He is still one of the most brilliant musicians of our time and prat or not he has still had a very interesting life.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Pete Townshend’s life?

    What more is there to know. One thing you can say about this book is it's detailed. Pete covers his whole life in great detail and it's almost all very interesting


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Portland, OR, United States 11-13-12
    Michael Portland, OR, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A Complicated Life"

    Pete Townshend narrates his autobiography, giving increased poignancy to his fascinating and complicated story. As he balanced his acute intelligence with his manic stage presence, he embodied the essence of The Who. Never shy about revealing his many inner demons, his honesty and daring make this a very satisfying listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-05-12
    Keith Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Essential read for WHO fan ( which I'm not)"
    What did you like best about Who I Am? What did you like least?

    Compelling insight into Pete Townshend and the WHO among others.

    Tedious at times but overall well worth the time.


    What other book might you compare Who I Am to and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Pete Townshend’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did Who I Am inspire you to do anything?

    Investigate some early WHO recordings and investigate some references
    Pete made in his book


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    Kim STRONGSVILLE, OH, United States 11-20-12
    Kim STRONGSVILLE, OH, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Bit Too Much - 17+ Hours"

    At times fascinating but a bit ponderous. It could have been done well in about half the time.
    I am a Who and a Pete Townshend fan that knows more than I need to know to enjoy their wonderful music.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Parker Canada 02-06-15
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    "A pitiful legend only in his own mind!"

    This guy has the nerve to include his 3rd rate band with Queen, Stones, Beatles.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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