Who I Am

Who I Am

by Pete Townshend


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“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

One of rock music's most intelligent and literary performers, Pete Townshend—guitarist, songwriter, editor—tells his closest-held stories about the origins of the preeminent twentieth-century band The Who, his own career as an artist and performer, and his restless life in and out of the public eye in this candid autobiography, Who I Am.

With eloquence, fierce intelligence, and brutal honesty, Townshend has written a deeply personal book that also stands as a primary source for popular music's greatest epoch. Readers will be confronted by a man laying bare who he is, an artist who has asked for nearly sixty years: Who are you?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062127259
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 290,758
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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's also the author of The Age of Anxiety as well as one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and resides in West London, where he was raised.

Table of Contents

Act One: War Music

1 I Was There 3

2 It's a Boy! 6

3 You Didn't See It 26

4 A Teenage Kind of Vengeance 49

5 The Detours 62

6 The Who 86

7 I Can't Explain 113

8 Substitoot 130

9 Acid in the Air 151

10 God Checks In to a Holiday Inn 175

11 Amazing Journey 199

12 Tommy: The Myths, The Music, The Mud 226

Act Two: A Really Desperate Man

13 Lifehouse and Loneliness 277

14 The Land Between 304

15 Carriers 334

16 A Beggar, a Hypocrite 351

17 Be Careful What You Pray For 374

18 The Undertaker 398

19 Growing Into My Skin 416

20 Rock Star Fuckup 451

Act Three: Playing to the Gods

21 The Last Drink 489

22 Still Loony 526

23 Iron Man 559

24 Psychoderelict 589

25 Relapse 607

26 Noodling 627

27 A New Home 644

28 Letter to My Eight-year-old Self 665

29 Black Days, White Knights 694

30 Trilby's Piano 703

31 Intermezzo 714

32 Who I Am 721

Appendix A Fan Letter from 1967 725

Coda 728

Acknowledgements 730

Picture Credits 740

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