Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: Biography/Autobiography of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
He is one of the greatest musical talents Britain has ever produced. But even as the principle songwriter and lead guitarist for The Who, it would be unjust to define Pete Townshend’s life simply through his achievements with bandmates Daltrey, Moon, and Entwistle. Noting that he has sold over 100 million records over a 50-year period goes some way to quantifying his accomplishments, but numbers only scratch the surface of his contribution to popular culture.
An avid student of his profession, during his career he has been credited with the creation of the concept album, worked as a literary editor, developed scripts for television and the stage, and written songs that have defined a generation. The thinking man’s rock star with a dedication to his craft unlike any other in the business, he continues to inspire new generations of performers and writers with a continuing commitment to his art.
Now, in one of the most eagerly awaited autobiographies of recent times, this icon tells about his incredible life and elaborates on the turbulences of time spent as one of the world’s most respected musicians - being in one of rock’s greatest ever bands, and wanting to give it all up. Incredibly, as a man who has achieved so much, this truly unique story of ambition, relentless perfectionism, and rock 'n' roll excess will be regarded as one of his greatest achievements.
©2012 Pete Townshend (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ken Francis on 04-08-2015

An Intense Ride As Much A Story

Mr Townsend reads with many an ironic chuckle, a warming habit that gives a well written tome about a life so convoluted in depth, historic creation and personal torture and redemption the touch of human candour that underlines nicely the courageous and often unflattering revelation that gives this book, and it's audio rendering its depth and grip.

It's a significant and thorough examination of the life, and more relevantly, the mind and its machinations of one of the great creators and musicians to lead and emerge from the 60's Renaissance in pop music.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Won on 01-05-2018

Simply brilliant autobiography

with Pete narrating his own story and the humour that comes through the narration this is simply put, the best book in my list. he is honest and open about the events in his life and gives detailed insights into the Who and other works that he has composed. this book is hard to put down. if you like autobiographies, if you like the Who (even if you have a passing interest in the band) I STRONGLY recommend this book to you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 26-08-2013

Townshend is a fun guy to listen to.

Would you listen to Pete Townshend: Who I Am again? Why?

He tells his own story with humor and self-deprecation.I don't know if he is likely to read other books.

What other book might you compare Pete Townshend: Who I Am to and why?

Life, by Keith Richards.

Have you listened to any of Pete Townshend’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pascal Forneri on 03-12-2012

Who...oping

What did you love best about Pete Townshend: Who I Am?

Great ! My first audiobook ! Essential for understanding the origins of rock, told from a master crafter.

What does Pete Townshend bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's an autobio !

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By sarah on 13-04-2013

pete townshend who am i

A captivating book on stardom and struggles of The Who. Being read by Pete you can really feel and hear that it is an all truthful account. Great stuff.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr JW on 15-01-2013

Not what I expected but really good.

Having been a Who fan for years I thought I knew all there was to know about Pete. This book was riveting and was written in such an introspective way that you got a real picture of Pete and his life. Really graphical in all areas, both personal and public and shows what an artistic genius Pete is. Highlights for me were numerous but understanding how Tommy was created and how he continued to tackle his inner demons were particularly poingnant. Not all rock'n roll but a complete reflection of his life to datel. Really enjoyed this book and how Pete narrated it. Nice to hear to author laughing to himself recounting an early part of his like.

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