September 29, 2012


Top 4 Things We Learned From Pete Townshend’s New Memoir ‘Who I Am’

"What I’ve never really done is just my story from my point of view," rock god Pete Townshend says, in the clip above, about his very personal new memoir Who I Am.

The long-awaited book took Townshend years to write, probably because of the fragile material and most likely because he actually wrote it all himself. Townshend dives into the Who’s awesome rock moments but also discloses on the child porn scandal that almost drove him to suicide.  

We are now getting snippets from the book, out on October 8, which Rolling Stone says "Could Be the Most Conflicted Rock Memoir of All Time," and here’s what we've learned so far. 

4. Townshend contemplated suicide after child porn scandal in 2003.

After police arrested Townshend on child pornography charges in 2003 and was regarded as a "pedophile," he decided not to fight the charges against him because he was adamant he was only researching the industry.

Townshend writes "If I had a gun I would have shot myself. It really did feel like a lynching."

3. Jimi Hendrix was the closing act at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 instead of the Who after winning a coin toss.

The next day at the airport Townshend was livid at the Who's publicist about the matter. Townshend writes:  "Jimi got wind of our little spat in the airport lobby and started giving me the evil eye. I walked over to him and explained that there were no personal issues involved. He just rolled his head around – he seemed pretty high. Wanting to keep the peace, I said I had watched his performance and loved it, and when we got home, would he let me have a piece of the guitar he had broken? He leaned back and looked at me sarcastically: 'What, and do you want me to autograph it for you?'"

2. Mick Jagger is the only man Townshend would ever sleep with.

Townshend found out that the Who’s co-manager Kit Lambert was having an affair with Jagger and writes: “I felt a little jealous. Mick is the only man I've ever seriously wanted to f--k. He was wearing loose pajama-style pants without underwear; as he leaned back I couldn't help noticing the outline of his ample cock lying against the inside of his leg.”

1. On first meeting Keith Moon, Townshend writes:

"As soon as he began to play we knew we'd found our missing link. Roger tried to befriend Keith, but Keith kept his distance. He also seemed to see Roger's success pulling girls at our gigs as a challenge. They sometimes chased the same girls in these early days, and it was never clear to me who was winning . . . Keith's main pal in the band became John [Entwistle]. They were hysterically funny together and shared an apartment for a while. Roger and I got the impression they did almost everything together, including having sex with girls. It must have been mayhem."