Zoe Vinyl, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Zoe Vinyl)
This is an excellent book. Townshend is very open and couldn't care less about what the public thinks. I read through it very fast, and got back into The Who, one of my favourite bands.
jksquires, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
I'm a long time Who fan, and Pete Townshend is a complicated, gifted and very articulate man. My sister gave me this book for my birthday in October, and I was not at all disappointed in it. Townshend doesn't go in for the usual rock star self-aggrandizement. He writes with elegance and insight about his incredible career. Particularly revealing is his relationship with Roger Daltry who returned to their high school grounds (Roger had been expelled from school for his pugnacious brawling) and recruited a shy, awkward and unconfident Pete to play guitar. The rest is great rock n' roll history.
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by Rolling Stone (Starred Review),
"Intensely intimate...candid to the point of self-laceration...[Townshend's] tone is less lofty than anyone would have expected, just as this book is more honest than any fan would have hoped."
by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times,
"Mr. Townshend's self-portrait is raw and unsparing...as intimate and as painful as a therapy session, while chronicling the history of the band as it took shape in the Mod scene in 1960s London and became the very embodiment of adolescent rebellion and loud, anarchic rock 'n' roll."
by The Guardian (UK),
"Unusually frank and moving...[Who I Am] isn't one of those rock memoirs that puts the what before the why. His past is a puzzle Mr. Townshend is sweating to decipher."
by Harper Collins,
Ruthlessly considered, written with all his heart, Who I Am spans the life of one of history's most talented musicians — guitarist, songwriter, singer, and a founding member of the The Who, Pete Townshend.
In one of the most eagerly anticipated rock autobiographies in recent memory, Townshend delivers a genuine work of literature that is also a primary source for popular music's greatest epoch.
Challenging, erudite, and rollicking as the man it reveals, Who I Am is a record of an amazing era and of one of the legendary artists who helped shape it.
by Harper Collins,
Long acknowledged as one of rock music's most intelligent and literary performers, Pete Townshend — guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member of The Who — at last tells his wild story in this candid and immersive autobiography.
Raised in west London by an eccentric grandmother, while his parents were off living the early post-war, rock 'n' roll lifestyle, Townshend describes a frenetic childhood of displacement and abuse. Then, in high school, everything changed when he met Roger Daltrey and formed a band that would travel the world, earning fame, fortune and critical acclaim. In Who I Am, Townshend brings us from the inner sanctum of Eric Clapton's drug-ridden hotel rooms to the feet of Jimi Hendrix and his electric kool-aid guitar; from the first trial performance of Townshend's rock opera, Tommy, in a London bar to his infamous arrest (and acquittal) on child pornography charges.
With his trademark eloquence, fierce intelligence and brutal honesty, Pete Townshend has created a work of literature that stands as a primary source for popular music's greatest epoch. Readers will be confronted by a man laying bare who he is, an artist who has asked for nearly sixty years: who are you?
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