are always a difficult to ‘review’. Who are you (no
pun) to rate a person’s memoirs? That being said, you can
share an opinion of content and style. Townshend has both. Though,
admittedly, the musical technical bits about equipment were not
titillating…they still let one inch into the thoughts of
one of the world’s most amazing creatives.
you know Pete
Townshend ‘just’ as The
Who’s guitarist, and (hopefully) songwriter, the book
will be like an afternoon fireside chat with a rock star. He does
give a few glimpses into the lifestyle musicians tend to live
through. But, he did not do the groupie thing – well much.
The man’s a contradiction; you know like us all. And, he’s
as difficult as his interviews expose. But in that bag of ego
is a loyal friend (after a good tantrum), a loving husband/boyfriend
all at one time, and an amazing thinker.
reader is biased towards the work as I have fancied the man’s
music since I once heard that note so pure and easy. I tried to
be non-judgmental as I read; he’s certainly a guy –
guy after the genius thing. Meaning the man is fallible, the man
has mood swings and the man is capable of adorable crushes that
are immature and romantic if cruel to another gal on the scene.
If you’re looking for a salacious read, it is not here;
thankfully. The man is honest, though I felt – as is right
– to a point. He speaks of a few really big events he faced
and their repercussions. And yes, there are many Who stories.
I knew his stage persona was different from the real guy; it is
show business after all.
a big each-in-the-group admirer, it is too bad Keith
Moon was such a pain in the guy’s butt. But, we can
love without liking. And perhaps the secret to creating a dynamic
‘group’ is in the singularity of each of its members.
For that we public should be grateful they even tried to make
it work. Seems the ever-lasting groups have each been oddly at
odds personally and a phenom when orchestrated; divine.
the last added section of the paperback edition you’ll find
a quite content happy post first release chapter where Townshend
is genuinely in-the-moment, and clearly wishes others to follow
their own creative urges. By god the man admits he is happy -
though still not a boring old fart; that made this reader happy.
If for no other reason that the music he’s given has consistently
made so many happy – and a Who show (even today) is an energy
experience like no other.
take away is Townshend let’s you in for a moment. And ultimately
he is a man as wonderfully complicated as his works. Enjoy.
Amazon's Pete Townshend page