Who I Am by Pete Townshend
Submitted by Junior Wells on 19 February 2013 - 4:38am
Pete spills his guts on everything. Music aside it's like the dictaphone was running as he lay on the therapists couch. Plenty of detail on the the band , the music and the recording but less than I'd like on the craft of writing songs. The book is long and incredibly detailed. I got exhausted reading the catalogue of his endless multiple projects. Ever heard of less is more Pete? Having just read Shakey's auto bio I've tired of reading of rock star indulgences ..I was nearly broke, next few pages so I bought a new boat/studio/ house on the south of france etc. He doesn't see someone at a film screening it has to be the premiere, he hasn't flown to New York he has flown on Concorde, he doesn't park his car outside his son's school he parks the Merc. Still lots of interesting things- surprised how much praise he has for Daltrey as a singer, I didn't know Phil Collins volunteered to play drums after Keith died and Entwhistle a lifelong Freemason- well blow me down.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Books by people battling with their tortured soul and /or manic depression and of course Who fans
One thing you've learned:
If you want good books on the music of an artist , probably best to avoid auto biographies.