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THE MOST EAGERLY AWAITED
MUSIC MEMOIR OF THE CENTURY
Songwriter, composer, lead guitarist and
creative powerhouse behind the legendary
Who — at their peak the most exciting live
rock band in the world — Pete Townshend is a
pre-eminent influence on rock.
Spearheading Sixties rock, smashing guitars
in auto-destructive performances and writing
songs that challenged the function of popular
music, Townshend created the power chord
and broke the three-minute mould of the
pop-song in Tommy, Quadrophenia and later
works, developing rock's structure and
potential as an art form.
Yet Townshend was uncomfortable at being
labelled as the windmilling guitar hero who
had the crowd in the palm of his hand during
a Sam Woodstock set in 1969. His intelligence,
imagination and restless mind would lead him
into uncharted areas for a rock star, as writer,
poet, playwright and publisher. And he continues
to explore, both with The Who and in solo work,
music's utopian and dystopian possibilities, and
to inspire countless younger musicians.
Now, for the first time, Townshend tells his
own story, giving an intensely moving account
of his difficult childhood, its repercussions in
later life, and his quest to understand his own
past while keeping faith with his audience. As
a chronicle of ambition, controversy, relentless
perfectionism, rock 'n' roll excess, emotional
and spiritual turmoil, and ultimate redemption,
this is not just a genuine rock classic but a
testament to the integrity and stature of
a true artist of our times.
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