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Who I Am

A Memoir

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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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Gives u and upfront look into he life. Personally & band

Honest rock bio

This must be the most honest rock bios ever written. Like with his music, Townsend reaches for dark truths. Sometimes he's gives reason and sometimes he just does nor care what motivates. As a young man I looked up the definition of hypocrite, because someone implied that is what best described Pete. It may have been a Rolling Stone writer or drinking buddy, but either way they had given me the wrong perception until I read this book. Who I Am, is a biography by a man who Is still trying to figure it out 60 plus years of living.

A memoir to its author

In the closing acknowledgments Pete mentions that this book may be more for his benefit than the readers. Unfortunately for me I felt this was true. There doesn't seem to be much depth to the events regarding The Who and much more dedicated to Pete's search for musical inspirations and women. While he does talk at length about his childhood and possible abuse and his drinking problems those sections never pulled me in and made me care. If you love Pete's solo efforts, which much of this book seemed dedicated to covering, then maybe it's a better fit for your tastes. I'm not a big Stones fan but I couldn't put down Keith Richard's Life. I am a huge Who fan and couldn't wait for this book to end.

Who I Am
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 08, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Print Length: 560 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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