The Who’s Pete Townshend will publish his memoir, “Who I Am,” in October.
Long acknowledged as one of rock’s most intelligent and literary performers, Townshend will, at long last, tell his dramatic story in a full and frank autobiography, as well as the inside story of the iconic band from its British art-school roots, to its ground breaking rock opera “Tommy,” to five decades of guitar-smashing tours.
“This book is not a vanity for me. It is an essential rite of passage,” said Townshend in a press release. “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,” Pete continued. “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 not my favourite subject, that will always be art and music, but whenever I write about my life and work, I learn something,” added the guitar icon. “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.”
Beyond his skills as a noted songwriter, Townshend has plenty of experience in publishing, having worked extensively in the literary world for more than three decades.
Published by Harper Collins, “Who I Am” will be available:
Oct 08 – North America
Oct 09 – Australia
Oct 11 – UK
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