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I couldn't see the 2nd part of your post. In the Woodstock video I remember the mic being wrapped in a white wrap, kinda looked like a dildo actually! :lol: Dual purpose microphone!!! ;)

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Listening to Who Are You right now. I think it's a great album.

I listened to it for the first time the other day even though I've been a Who fan for years. Didn't impress me much tbh.

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Hello:

TOMMY will be performed at The Stratford Festival in Stratford Ontario Canada next year...The current artistic director,Des McAnuff, will return to direct it..He wrote the musical with Pete Townsend ..This is Mr. McAnuff's last season at Stratford..

If you are on Facebook you will find more info about the 2013 season... Stratford Shakespeare Festival is the Facebook page

J :thumbsup:

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Hi Steve ~ I was curious as to why you posted this blog from 2006 so I did a google search, holding my breath that I wouldn't find Pete the latest rock star of my generation to pass away. Thank goodness no. What I found is a statement that his autobiography is set for an October 11th release. I'm assuming that the above is included in his book? He is a very strong writer - his words here brought tears again to my eyes as they did in 2006 - and I very much look forward to getting his book, Who I Am.

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Hi Steve ~ I was curious as to why you posted this blog from 2006 so I did a google search, holding my breath that I wouldn't find Pete the latest rock star of my generation to pass away. Thank goodness no. What I found is a statement that his autobiography is set for an October 11th release. I'm assuming that the above is included in his book? He is a very strong writer - his words here brought tears again to my eyes as they did in 2006 - and I very much look forward to getting his book, Who I Am.

I'm not sure how much if any of Pete's diaries will be included in his new book. I have said he gives the most honest interviews in rock. I have no doubt his autobiography will be essential reading.

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Book Review: Pete Townshend's 'Who I Am' Could Be the Most Conflicted Rock Memoir of All Time

Townshend is vulnerable and candid in a quest to explore his defects and contradictions

By Rob Sheffield

www.rollingstone.com

September 28, 2012

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Pete Townshend

Who I Am

HarperCollins Publishers

Four and a half stars

After all his years of musical confessions, Pete Townshend still has secrets to get off his chest. And in Who I Am, he finally lets loose. His long-awaited memoir is intensely intimate, candid to the point of self-lacerating. It's a rock god opening up his most human frailties. Throughout the book, Townshend makes himself uncomfortably vulnerable, especially in his deeply saddening memories of childhood sexual abuse. He sees those early years as emblematic of his postwar English generation, left parentless, at the mercy of predators. He turned this trauma into the 1969 breakthrough Tommy. Those feelings of rage, shame and inadequacy never left him, even after he fought his way to the top of the music world.

Townshend provides plenty of stories about the Who's hotel-trashing days and the insanity of Keith Moon. He dishes about sex ("Mick is the only man I've ever seriously wanted to fuck") as well as drugs – there are quite a few empty glasses and smashed mirrors. But he's not concerned about preserving his rock-star myth. Instead, it almost seems he wants to undercut it, exploring his defects and contradictions: the "Angry Yobbo" guitar hooligan he plays onstage versus the introspective composer, the spiritual seeker versus the hedonistic drug addict. He becomes a devotee of Meher Baba, yet loses years to cocaine and alcohol. As he says, "My spiritual longings were constantly under siege by all-too-worldly ambitions, undermined by scepticism and ambivalence, and challenged by my sexual yearnings....I could also behave, frankly, like a complete arsehole."

He reminisces about his longtime mates, evoking Roger Daltrey as "the unquestionable leader," and John Entwistle as his link to the old days: "When we talked, the two of us would always summon the two 13-year-old boys from Acton with their cheap guitars...eating their fish and chip suppers, fantasizing about being as successful as the Shadows." He takes pride in the Who's live reputation, like when Bill Graham puts on Tommy at the Metropolitan Opera House and the crowd refuses to let the band leave. Backstage, Townshend boasts, "It's easy to bring us on, Bill. It's much harder to get us off."

But he's not interested in ticking off his achievements. (His classic solo LP, 1972's Who Came First, doesn't even rate a mention.) Instead, he wants to understand his failings and plumb his insecurities. In the early 1980s, Townshend felt he'd lost it, after the band's awkward attempt to carry on without Keith Moon. As he says, "I began seeing myself as a party man, an honorary senior punk-playboy- cum-elder-statesman . . . I took to wearing baggy suits and brothel creepers, piling my thinning hair on top of my head like a rocker. Always a pretty good dancer, I stopped idiot-dancing and danced like Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from the Clash. At 34 I was still just about young enough to pull it off."

It's strange to think of Pete Townshend feeling as self-conscious as any of his gawkiest teenage fans. He also has profound doubts about himself as an artist, a lover, a father. (He prints a sad note his daughter sent in the early 1980s, saying she missed him after hearing "You Better You Bet" on the radio.) His tone is less lofty than anyone would have expected, just as this book is more honest than any fan would have hoped. Maybe nobody knows what it's like to be the bad man, to be the sad man, behind blue eyes – but Who I Am is as close as we are likely to get.

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Who I Am: Pete Townshend Interview/Performance

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:00pm

Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA, 02115

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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. The famed singer/songwriter/guitarist will be discussing his riveting, highly anticipated memoir, Who I Am, and performing a short acoustic set of music. Patrons will receive a copy of Who I Am, included in the price of ticket admission.

Admission: $32.50, reserved seating

Buy tickets:

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Shocking Revelations from Rock and Roll and Beyond in Pete Townshend's Memoir 'Who I Am'

Books & Review | Cole Garner Hill

Updated: Sep 29, 2012

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(Photo : Amazon) "Who I Am" will be released on Oct. 8.

To say the legacy of Pete Townshend, legendary guitarist for British rock band The Who, has become complicated in the past decade might be the understatement of the century. While Townshend remains a rock and roll icon and pioneer, a 2003 child pornography scandal that ended with the guitarist being forced to register as a sex offender threatened to derail everything he'd worked for over the last 40 years.

For the first time, Townshend discusses the story behind the scandal, and divulges other surprising anecdotes from his harrowing life in his new memoir, "Who I Am" to be released Oct. 8.

"Who I Am," traces Townshend's life from the formation of the Who in 1962 through their historic headlining slot at Woodstock seven years later. In addition to many other revelations, Townshend writes that he was concerned his co-manager Kit Lambert was having an affair with Mick Jagger.

Read on for more surprising revelations from Townshend's memoir.

Townshend admits it was probably a bad idea to pay for child pornography in an attempt to out a secret child molester ring ... well, we'll just let him explain that one.

The memoir is the first time the 67-year-old has discussed the matter publicly since police warned him and put him on a British registry of sex offenders.

Townshend says that he paid $14 to download images of abused children in an admittedly "insane" bid to prove British banks helped channel profits from pedophiles to illegal child pornography rings.

He says he planned to show that the sick industry of child sex spans from Russian orphanages to British banks. But when word of his illicit web work got out, he says in his memoir, he was ashamed and distraught.

"It's White Knight Syndrome," Townshend said. "You want to be the one that's seen to be helping."

"I had experienced something creepy as a child, so you imagine, what if I was a girl of nine or 10 and my uncle had raped me every week? I felt I had an understanding, and I could help,'' he added.

"If I had a gun I would have shot myself. It really did feel like a lynching."

Police confiscated Townshend's computers and files, and found nothing incriminating. But his reputation was in tatters.

He said he didn't fight to clear his name in court because, "I think I was exhausted. The police at Kingston station gave me half an hour to make a decision about whether to go to court or not.

"My lawyers were as surprised as I was because everyone thought I would be let off. And I thought that if I went to court they would f***ing rip me apart."

Mick Jagger is the only man Pete Townshend has ever "seriously wanted to f***."

'I felt a little jealous. Mick is the only man I've ever seriously wanted to f***. He was wearing loose pyjama-style pants without underwear; as he leaned back I couldn't help noticing the outline of his ample c*** lying against the inside of his leg.

'From then on, I encouraged the band to arrange our equipment for maximum effect, especially onstage or in photographs.'

Meeting drummer Keith Moon for the first time

"As soon as he began to play we knew we'd found our missing link. Roger tried to befriend Keith, but Keith kept his distance. He also seemed to see Roger's success pulling girls at our gigs as a challenge. They sometimes chased the same girls in these early days, and it was never clear to me who was winning . . . Keith's main pal in the band became John [Entwistle]. They were hysterically funny together and shared an apartment for a while. Roger and I got the impression they did almost everything together, including having sex with girls. It must have been mayhem."

"My Generation" was written while the Who were on tour in Holland and Scandinavia in 1965.

"I produced several sets of lyrics and three very different demos," Townshend writes. "The feeling that began to settle in me was not so much resentment towards those Establishment types all around my flat in Belgravia, but fear that their disease might be contagious. What was their disease? It was actually more a matter of class than age. Most of the rich kids around me were striving to be corporate executives of the future - not rebelling against anything. I associated their values with stasis, and therefore with death."

Backstage at the Monterey Pop Festival, Jimi Hendrix and Townshend couldn't agree on which act should close out the show. Hendrix eventually got the slot after a coin toss. At the airport the next day Townshend ripped into the Who's publicist over the matter.

"Jimi got wind of our little spat in the airport lobby and started giving me the evil eye," writes Townshend. "I walked over to him and explained that there were no personal issues involved. He just rolled his head around - he seemed pretty high. Wanting to keep the peace, I said I had watched his performance and loved it, and when we got home, would he let me have a piece of the guitar he had broken? He leaned back and looked at me sarcastically: 'What, and do you want me to autograph it for you?'"

"Who I Am" will be available Oct. 8.

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Pete Townshend Who I Am: A Memoir Tickets Philadelphia Philly PA UPenn University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

See Pete Townshend - Who I Am: A Memoir in Philadelphia PA at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with tickets from the MyCityRocks Ticket Exchange.

October 10, 2012.

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Pete Townhend announces book signing tour behind upcoming autobiography 'Who I Am'

The Who’s Pete Townshend will release his autobiography, ‘Who I Am,’ on October 8th, and has slated a book signing tour of a few east coast U.S. cities. Townshend will participate in a Q&A session at the New York Public Library and make appearances at book stores in New York City; Boston; and Ridgewood, New Jersey; as well as a stop at a library in Philadelphia.

The 544-page ‘Who I Am’ will be available in hardcover, as an eBook and as an audio book. A description of the book issued from Harper Collins publishing company reveals that Townshend “wanted The Who to be called The Hair…smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, by accident…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 [and] detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died.”

Pete Townshend says: “This book is not a vanity for me. It is an essential rite of passage. I know I am good at what I do as a performer and composer, but since my early teens I have been happiest when writing. Writing is my principal daily occupation. Rock ‘n’ Roll is a tough career, however cynically or comically it is portrayed by its detractors. I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations. I am happy that I am able to write my book myself, in my own ‘voice’ that many readers will be hearing for the first time. I am delighted to be working again with my agent Ed Victor, and happy to be published by Harper Collins, a company whose editors and list I have always greatly admired. I am not my favourite subject, that will always be art and music, but whenever I write about my life and work I learn something. So the year ahead spent writing will also trigger the last vital bit of ‘growing up’ required by the now pensionable fellow who once wrote I hope I die before I get old. I want to write a book that is enjoyable to read, but above all, I want it to be honest.”

Pre-order the book now at: amazon.com

Here is Townshend’s U.S. book tour:

Oct. 8 – New York, NY – New York Public Library (Live from the NYPL Series)

Oct. 9 – New York, NY – Barnes & Noble (Union Square)

Oct. 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Free Library of Philadelphia (Montgomery Auditorium)

Oct. 11 – Ridgewood, NJ – Bookends

Oct. 12 – Boston, MA – Barnes & Noble (Prudential Center)

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Townsend and Who special was just on CBS morning. They said the Who will tour next year. ie Townsend and Daltrey. Still worth seeing for sure. Showed him going down the Thames river in London and talking about his childhood and of course the false child porn accusations that were simply bullshit.

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They are playing here in Florida next month.

Been there, done that....

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Yeah, I haven't been interested or impressed by anything the Who have done musically for almost 30 years. But I have always thought Pete Townshend to be one of the more intelligent and literate people in the music biz, and will definitely be getting his book and read it with keen anticipation.

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They are playing here in Florida next month.

Been there, done that....

I love the Who. I saw them twice in the seventies. Toronto outdoors and Buffalo indoors at the old Aud. But Moony had already left us.

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Even with Moon the Loon, the Who concerts I saw(1973 and 1976) didn't measure up to the best of the Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones or Queen shows I saw.

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Here is Townshend’s U.S. book tour:

Oct. 8 – New York, NY – New York Public Library (Live from the NYPL Series)

Oct. 9 – New York, NY – Barnes & Noble (Union Square)

Thanks for the notice re: events + journal entry. That was some powerful writing and his honesty is so compelling.

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Thanks for the notice re: events + journal entry. That was some powerful writing and his honesty is so compelling.

I've said for years Pete provides the most honest interviews in rock.

Towenshend & Page in New York City this week. :thumbsup:

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Got my tickets for the UK leg of the Quadrophenia tour in Liverpool at the Echo Arena. Lower tier seats at about the seven o'clock position. Good thing about is that people remain seated. In recent times everytime I've had floor seats every fucker stands up, that really pisses me off, if I pay for a seat I expect to be able to sit in it. Oh for the days of Theartre tours, much more civilised and enjoyable than the rowdy obnoxious rabble that you get in Arenas.

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Gotta love The Who!

Here they are performing in Tanglewood, and being introduced by Bill Graham.

Heaven And Hell is one of the very best unknown Who songs.

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