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Who I Am Audiobook
Who I Am
Written by: 
Pete Townshend
Narrated by: 
Pete Townshend
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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    Paul New York, NY, United States 04-08-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Maximum R&B as I hoped it would be"

    Pete's narration makes the book complete, probably the best of the recent rock bios by a good measure. Pete is brutally honest, well worth a listen, my favorite book of the year.

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    Walt Florida 04-05-13
    Walt Florida 04-05-13

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    "Who fans will love it...but"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who I Am to be better than the print version?

    I loved hearing Pete Townshend tell the story of his life. In my opinion, his voice makes this autobiography great. His self-deprecating approach to many of his experiences and praise of many individuals in his life show a side of this musical genius few have ever known, until now.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Being a huge fan of The Who and someone who was able to see them live multiple times in all forms of the band, I was truly looking forward to listening to this book. Unfortunately because of my schedule, I was only able to listen in 20 - 40 minute segments. That became an issue when trying to keep all the names straight.

    Pete meticulously brings many names to the story; from agents, record people, musicians, sound engineers, girlfriends and acquaintances to family members and influences. If there is any drawback to this book it is that. I believe even someone who is able to listen to the whole book in 2-3 sittings would still get a bit confused keeping all the players straight.

    Nevertheless, this a fascinatingly interesting and openly honest story about one of rock n roll's icons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, US 04-05-13
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, US 04-05-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "GREAT listen"
    If you could sum up Who I Am in three words, what would they be?

    Real raw truth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who I Am?

    great stories


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

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    kept me very interested from beginning to end


    Any additional comments?

    none. really enjoyed this listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 03-17-13
    Jim 03-17-13

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    "Absolutely brilliant!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Who I Am the most enjoyable?

    This is right up there with Keith Richards' bio. If Mr. Townshend ever wants to stop rocking & rolling, he could very easily lend his voice to other audio books. I would never count The Who as my fav band, or PT as my fav guitar slinger, but this was one well written story, full of insights & life. Enjoyed it immensley. Thank you for writing such a great book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nurture Learners and Able Observers 03-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A master story teller. A master word smith."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    He can make you forget about yourself, and think about him. Which can be a blessing if you need that kind of escape. I listen to several audio books every week and less than fifteen minutes into this one, I thought, "this is the best damn audio performance I ever heard." Never before have I logged on to find out who the reader was, this time I had to shut off the book to go see. Very surprised and not at the same time, to find it was himself reading his own book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who I Am?

    I remember all of it.


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

    No. I did not even know who he was when I bought the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The sailor who fell into grace from the Sea.


    Any additional comments?

    By the end of the book he had won my respect and admiration, as a person. Then at the very end, he took it all away. He mentioned all his regards and gratitude in the epilogue, focusing on his children, and never mentioned their mother. A woman who was clearly forgiving against the backdrop of his attempts to waste her through two decades through recklessness. He mentions his girlfriend is wonderful but they do not have children, still it does not matter because she gave him dogs. This bought him back to ordinary people, willing to dabble in injustice as a convenience. He won my heart and then gave it back. I was able to withdraw from the magic of his magnificence, although he drew me in. He provides an entrance to the theater, and then an exit door. Which is more than I can say for most supernaturals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 02-28-13
    Frank 02-28-13
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    "Listen!!!"
    Would you listen to Who I Am again? Why?

    Pete reads his own story - he's a great guy whom I met and played with once years ago
    Very provocative!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Sanford Santa Rosa, CA 95405 02-04-13
    Christina Sanford Santa Rosa, CA 95405 02-04-13 Member Since 2002
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    "This book makes me sad"
    Would you try another book from Pete Townshend and/or Pete Townshend?

    I feel like so much of this book was about his affairs. Knowing full well that he was hurting his family, he giggles about his flings like "aren't I cute". NO you are not cute. I get the whole sex drugs and rock and roll thing. But come on. Married and fooling around with anyone that would let him makes for a miserable human being. This book just makes me sad. Without all the affairs, he's led an interesting life. Worked hard and earned accolades. I just can't get past the many many cheating stories.


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    Carolyn Zahnow 12-24-12

    I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.

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    "Rock stars!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! This book dragged on for way too long. I kept hoping the Townsend would give me some reason to like him but it never happened. Perhaps if someone else had narrated, I would have liked him better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator.


    What three words best describe Pete Townshend’s performance?

    Ho-hum, dull, so-so


    Was Who I Am worth the listening time?

    no!


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose if you're a huge Who fan, then you'll appreciate this book more than I. I wanted to learn more about Townsend and the band but instead I ended up not liking him as a person at all. Spoiled, cheating, arrogant rock star!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 11-06-12
    Nancy 11-06-12
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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 11-13-12
    Michael 11-13-12
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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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