Pete Townshend Writing an Autobiography

Pete Townshend

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Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend, the man famous for feedback, is now going to give us some feedback – on his own life.

He is (and has been since the 90’s) working on an autobiography which will be published in 2012 by HarperCollins.

It really is interesting – so many famous musicians writing about their lives, and Pete Townshend certainly has many stories to tell.

From smashing guitar after guitar, to becoming known as the originator of “Rock Operas”, to turning guitar feedback into a sonic art form, to holding the world record for the “Loudest rock concert”, the story is sure to please fans.

I’m betting he will talk about his hearing loss, since it’s obvious that it’s something that would have quite an impact on any musician, especially one who has made music his entire career and life.

Pete founded a non-profit organization called H.E.A.R – “Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers”.

Do you remember SuperBowl XLIV? The who showed up, surprising everyone with one of the most memorable SuperBowl half-time concerts ever.

After the show, Pete said that he was becoming increasingly concerned with his hearing, as it was becoming more and more of an issue, and that if it got any worse, it would be the end of the band:

If my hearing is going to be a problem, we’re not delaying shows. We’re finished. I can’t really see any way around the issue.

Maybe he will write about working with David Bowie, Elton John, Mick Jagger, or how hard it was to continue the Quadrophenia tour after the death of his long time band mate and friend, John Entwistle.

We’re sure to see plenty on being band mates with Keith Moon, who had a reputation for destroying drum sets, hotel rooms, setting fire to buildings, and sending explosives down toilets.

These two quotes might also provide a few chapters:

Everything that I had done creatively related to two or three incidents that happened to me when I was a child that I’d forgotten. Everything, absolutely everything.

I think I probably would have enjoyed to keep my own private pain out of my work. But I was changed by my audience who said your private pain which you have unwittingly shown us in your early songs is also ours.

Whatever is contained in this book, it’s sure to be extremely interesting – let’s face it, Pete has alot of material to write about. We also know it will be well written, since in addition to penning a huge majority of the Who’s work, he has written newspaper and magazine articles, books, book reviews, and scripts.



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