Who I Am by Pete TownshendFrom the voice of a generation: The most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who... is a Londoner and a Mod.... wanted The Who to be called The Hair.... loved The Everly Brothers, but not that drawling dope Elvis.... 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.... heard the voice of God on a vibrating bed in rural Illinois.... invented the Marshall stack, feedback and the concept album.... once speared Abbie Hoffman in the neck with the head of his guitar.... inspired Jimi Hendrixs 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.... helped rescue Eric Clapton from heroin.... is banned for life from Holiday Inns.... was embroiled in a tabloid scandal that has dogged him ever since.... has some explaining to do.... is the most literary and literate musician of the last 50 years.... planned to write his memoir when he was 21.... published this book at 67.
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Does touring with an orchestra sharpen your focus on the road? How does it help you shape your setlists? Some of my best solo work has come from just throwing fate and experience to the wind and letting my fingers and body do whatever they want. And yet I am also subject to the disciplines that hold a large orchestra together. Our sound is tighter on stage and quieter , and the arrangements are absolutely fixed.
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend born 19 May is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the guitarist, backing and secondary lead vocalist, principal songwriter, co-founder and leader of the rock band The Who. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 20th century. He has also written more than songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays keyboards, banjo , accordion , harmonica, ukulele , mandolin , violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists' recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training. Townshend has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, and he has collaborated as a lyricist and composer for many other musical acts.
By Michael Lello. August 28, am Updated August 28, pm. The life cycle of a rock star typically goes something like this: Angry young man or woman channels their angst into their music, then gets rich — and soft — and coasts to retirement. The Who, whose remaining original members are Townshend on guitar and vocals and the swaggering, microphone-swinging Roger Daltrey on lead vocals, following the deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle , will kick off the fall leg of their Moving On! I sense a welcome always from the people that work there, and from the audiences.
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Pete Townshend , the Who's principal songwriter and lead guitarist, is among the most mercurial figures in rock. As a raging young mod in the late s, Townshend made concert history by smashing his guitar in frenzied moments onstage; his music mirrored the anger and alienation of a whole generation. His bestselling solo album Empty Glass, for example, contains songs that deal frankly with the onset of middle age, the media treatment of rock stars, the death of Who drummer Keith Moon, overt homosexual references, and a reliance on spiritual themes culled from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes and the philosophical teachings of Townshend's guru, Meher Baba. Outside the Who, Townshend also worked as a rock impresario, producing such songs as "Fire" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and the album Hollywood Dream by Thunderclap Newman, and organizing the all-star Rainbow Concert to commemorate Eric Clapton 's return to performing after overcoming heroin addiction in Peter Townshend was born in London on May 19, His parents were both professional musicians, and as a child he accompanied them on dance band tours. By the age of 12 Townshend was experimenting with a guitar; he was quite taken with rock 'n' roll, especially Bill Haley and the Comets.
Pete Townshend was the guitarist and primary songwriter for the Who from to , also participating in the group's occasional reunions after its formal breakup. Best-known for his conceptual works, he wrote Tommy and Quadrophenia for the band, as well as the bulk of its other material. He made his first tentative solo album, Who Came First , in Dedicated to his guru, Meher Baba, it continued themes pursued in Who's Next , and like that album, contained material originally intended for an abortive conceptual work, Lifehouse ; it sold modestly. Nevertheless, he felt he could no longer write for the Who , and at the end of the year, the group disbanded following a North American tour. Townshend released Scoop , a two-disc compilation of demos, in a second volume appeared in