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Who I Am: A Memoir Hardcover – October 8, 2012
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“Intensely intimate…candid to the point of self-laceration…[Townshend’s] tone is less lofty than anyone would have expected, just as this book is more honest than any fan would have hoped.” (Rolling Stone (Four 1/2 Stars!))
“Mr. Townshend’s self-portrait is raw and unsparing...as intimate and as painful as a therapy session, while chronicling the history of the band as it took shape in the Mod scene in 1960s London and became the very embodiment of adolescent rebellion and loud, anarchic rock ‘n’ roll.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)
“Unusually frank and moving…[Who I Am] isn’t one of those rock memoirs that puts the what before the why. His past is a puzzle Mr. Townshend is sweating to decipher.” (The Guardian (UK))
About the Author
Pete Townshend is the legendary lead guitarist and principal songwriter for The Who, one of the most influential rock-and-roll bands of all time. He is one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He resides in West London, where he was raised.
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Good descriptions of behind-the-scenes managerial and financial transactions. It is fun when 1960s/1970s rock stars peel back the curtain and reveal what was really happening among the star making machinery. Even the band relationships had various levels of complexity.
I would have found this book a little more rewarding if Townshend shared song inception and studio recording minutiae with the same detailed candor he writes about his mistakes and regrets.
For me, it is disappointing that Quadrophenia earned so little ink. A reader can only assume he forgot details from the summer of 1973, which was when the Who recorded that epic album. I did smile, however, when I read Townshend's description of the band's attitude while recording Quadrophenia: "The rule we established during recording was that energetic musical rage would be used throughout."
Quadrophenia's rage is audible. In that respect it is a masterpiece.
No doubt that Townshend is a complex and creative force who has inspired many. This book is among the best rock memoirs.