Dating a former cocaine addict
In the acknowledgments, Townshend writes that his American publisher "has been forthright and meticulous, keeping me alert to the fact that he and I both want this book to entertain, but also to convince" (, p. So entertainment and conviction are evidently priorities. The recent autobiography of rock star Pete Townshend is promoted as "the most eagerly awaited music memoir of the century." The expectation is evidently one of commercial success.Unless otherwise specified, all references below are to the pagination in Townshend, (London: Harper Collins, 2012). Early Years of The Who Born in West London in 1945, Pete Townshend had a family background of musical performance.His father was a saxophonist in a Royal Air Force dance band; his mother was a singer. This may conceivably make his biography more interesting, rather than less so.
However, he dropped out because of some complications.An issue for critics has always been that of distinguishing inspiration and meaning from the routine lyrics of desire and indulgence. Townshend proved innovative, devising means of increasing his guitar sound. The Who were in sufficient demand to support The Beatles, whose "audience was almost entirely young girls who seemed lost in their own fantasy world while the music played" (p. I did myself attend a Beatles concert in 1964, during which it was almost impossible to hear what was being sung, the music being drowned by incessant female screams verging on hysteria.He preferred "powerful, slab chords" and acquired an amplifier system which "was so loud it shook most of the small halls in which we performed" (p. The Who went in the opposite direction, so that a few years later, the front row spectators might reel back in pain at the sheer volume of sound devised by maestro Peter Townshend.The endpapers of depict the hero, now an old man, in the evocative act of guitar-smashing.Evidently the publishers award a strong entertainment value to this feature.