Monday, February 23, 2015

Who I Am: Book Review

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Want to know what it's like to live as a rock star? You can find out all the inside scoop in Pete Townshend's memoir, "Who I Am." It's a fascinating glimpse into the world of rock artists and how they live. 

It Was Meant To Be

Born in West London, England at the end of World War II, in the era of Swing music, both his father and mother were part of the music industry. It was a natural fit and meant to be, for him to grow up to become a musician. An intelligent you man, he knew right away music was his field.

What's His Story?

As lead guitarist and songwriter for The Who, he tells of the famous stars he knew, the excitement of being famous, hardships of being on the road, as well as the fun, fans, groupies and how they all had their effect on him and the band. He also tells of his childhood, the disagreements and rivalries between members of The Who, consisting of drummer Keith Moon, lead singer Roger Daltry, bassist John Entwhistle and Townshend as lead guitarist. He relates how they managed to put aside their differences and work together. You don't want to miss this amazing and fascinating story of one of  the greatest rock groups of all-time.

Influences In His Early Years.

Pete Townshend spent his childhood with an abusive grandmother. Living daily with the treatment she dished out, caused him to have a great resentment for her and his parents. Once his siblings began to arrive, he concentrated on protecting them from the turmoil in the home, so they wouldn't go through what he had experienced. He became quite cynical of the world and its people. It's no wonder that once he became a rock star, he acted out, trashing hotel rooms, indulging in harmful substances and being late for performances. He and fellow group member Keith Moon had a lot of the same reactions to stardom, with the exception of Moon's death in 1974.

Not Only "WHO" But Other Songs

The Who became popular for many reasons, not the least was Roger Daltry's singing and Pete Townshend's guitar playing. They grew hit songs like they were growing tomatoes, one tumbling after the other. There was "Who Are You," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "The Magic Bus," "I Can See For Miles," "See Me, Feel Me," and of course, the all-time, iconic, popular, never to be attained by any other group, "The Pinball Wizard," from the rock opera "Tommy," among other hits.

The original members of The Who, in 1975
Left to right: Roger Daltry, John Entwhistle, 
Keith Moon and Pete Townshend

TV Series Theme Song and Guest Appearance

If you're a fan of  TV's CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) starring Ted Danson, you will have heard the theme song, which is "Who Are You?" played by The Who. The show has been one of the highest rated television shows of all time. The theme to the show has not changed since it began in 2000. Roger Daltry of The Who played as a guest star on the 150th episode, "Living Legend."


Read about the tragic and strange death of Keith Moon