Who I Am: A Memoir by Townshend, Pete (2012) Hardcover Hardcover – 1900
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It adds depth and enjoyment now as I listen to TOMMY and the WHO's NEXT CD's
driving around. Pete Townshend was born gifted with fantastic musical sensibility and from the
evidence– substantial athletic ability. Youtube has an trove of great WHO videos like Eminence Front
and the entire Tommy rock opera to name a few. Townshend moves and dances with his music,
his pick hand windmilling with a mad energy that propels the rest of the band forward.
Born gifted and with talent surging through his body, the biography in well written prose, describes his
childhood alienation, abuse, and musical parents who struggled with alcoholism while they trooped
across the stage. What about the boy ? Townshend grew like a weed in a rank garden of earthly delights
while his absentee parents demonstrated and amazing lack of empathy and self-awareness.
See me, feel me touch me, heal me.
Townshend's struggles with drugs and alcohol and his inability to stay connected with
his wife and home run parallel with an international career in rock music and writing. Its
admirable that Townshend read books and educated himself in a circumstance where most would have
simply drunk and drugged themselves silly. Instead, Townshend used his musical genius to build
iconic culture changing songs and then stomped them into our memories and hearts.
This is an essential and helpful read to understand this period of rock music that opened the way
into a rebellious counter culture, questioning authority, exploring other realms of the mind.
Maybe we did get fooled again . . . and again . . . but a lot of minds were opened.
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