The first-ever biography of this controversial rock legend
chronicles his amazing career, deadly addictions, and enduring
presence as one of the world's greatest popular composers and
He was the brains behind the innovative and phenomenally popular
band The Who. He invented the rock opera with Tommy, and his new
version of that show was a long-running Broadway smash. He is an
outstanding guitarist whose career has flourished over more than
three decades. Pete Townshend has lived a fascinating, often
troubled life, but strangely, he has never been the subject of a
biography -- until now.
Rock authority Geoffrey Giuliano, who has known Townshend
intimately for almost twenty years, provides a complete look at
Townshend's turbulent and eventful life. Giuliano details
Townshend's stellar career with impressive insight, candor, and
Giuliano also delves into the sensational aspects of Townshend's
much-talked-about personal life, including his devastating
addiction to heroin and alcohol, his volatile and sometimes violent
relationships with fellow band members, and his recent admission of
-- Appendices feature a complete discography of Townshend's
recordings over the last three decades and an exhaustive chronology
Relying on countless interviews with dose friends, co-workers,
and fellow musicians (including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, and
Keith Richards), as well as with Townshend himself, Giuliano draws
an enlightening and entertaining portrait of rock's often
contradictory and all-too-human elder statesman.
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