Pete Townshend Releases New Autobiography
Pete Townshend, the guitarist from The Who, has released a new autobiography, ‘Who I Am: A Memoir’.
As part of the celebrations marking the release Townshend gave a public interview with Jann S. Wenner, the editor of Rolling Stone.
The interview covered Townshend’s life ranging from his troubled childhood to his struggle continuing the Who without Keith Moon and John Entwistle. However, he ended on a bright note saying that “It ended in a good place, I’m alive, I’m happy, I’m healthy and I’m good at what I do”.
Townshend first started on the book in 1997 but left it after his publisher wasn’t satisfied with the draft.
He said that the publisher wanted “the sex, drugs and rock & roll book and I didn’t want to do that.”
Townshend revisited the book in 2005, his goal was “to write about the way the postwar period in the U.K. set up the conditions which was exactly right for us to discover our music.”
In the interview Townshend said that Entwistle’s death has left “a hole in the sound onstage”.
However, he believes it gave him space to grow and although he can’t replace the “visceral sound” Entwistle created, as a guitar player he prefers working without John.