Who I Am: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Oct 8, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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From 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 Hendrix's 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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Who I Am: A Memoir

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Townshend—principal songwriter and guitarist for boundary-pushing, hard-living British rock band The Who—lays his life bare in this candid and entertaining autobiography, reflecting on both his ... Read full review

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Who I Am by P. Townshend
As a Who and Pete Townshend fan from the very beginnings of the band , his childhood through to present journey is as compelling as the musical genius he's become. His
philanthropic work is likely greater than that of Bono. The author's nature was to keep a low profile about his abundant good deeds. An earlier comment about child porn is ignorant & wrong. Dig in and find the facts! What happened to the author could sadly happen to anyone ion the age of witch hunting & character assassination. Thanks Pete. 

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Contents

ACT ONE WAR MUSIC
I WAS THERE
ITS A BOY
YOU DIDNT SEE
A TEENAGE KIND OF VENGEANCE
THE DETOURS
THE WHO 7 I CANT EXPLAIN 8 SUBSTITOOT 9 ACID IN THE
GOD CHECKS IN TO A HOLIDAY
THE LAND BETWEEN
CARRIERS
A BEGGAR A HYPOCRITE
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY
THE UNDERTAKER
GROWING INTO MY SKIN
ACT THREE PLAYING TO THE GODS
RELAPSE

AMAZING JOURNEY
THE MYTHS THE MUSIC THE
ACT TWO A REALLY DESPERATE
LIFEHOUSE AND LONELINESS
WHO I AM APPENDIX A FANLETTER FROM 1967 CODA
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THEAUTHOR CREDITS
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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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