He is co-founder, leader, guitarist, secondary lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the Who , one of the most influential rock bands of the s and s. Townshend has written more than songs for 12 of the Who's studio albums. He has also written more than songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. As an instrumentalist, although known primarily as a guitarist, Townshend also plays keyboards, banjo , accordion , harmonica , ukulele , mandolin , violin , synthesiser , bass guitar, and drums.
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Mark left no stone unturned, and the result is an impressively detailed account of the formative years of The Who leading up to the end of the sixties, including the history of the bands families and their managers Lambert and Stamp. It is available now in the UK , with a US release set for the new year. Mark Blake has started a new blog at markrblake. To start with, he has posted an extended interview with Pete Townshend that he did for Mojo magazine in Pete was plugging his excellent autobiography, Who I Am , which is covered thoroughly in this interview.
Pete Townshend: On Sex, Crying, and Pretending to be Drunk
I n Pete Townshend heard the voice of God. Confirming his reputation for working in mysterious ways, the deity chose to introduce himself to the Who guitarist at the Rolling Meadows, Illinois branch of Holiday Inn. The comical contrast explains what made the Who both one of the biggest bands in the world and one of the most restless.
A week before John Entwistle dies, Pete Townshend , 57, sits in a building overlooking the Thames in southwest London. He bought this property in and for years ran it as a spiritual center for the guru whose teachings he embraced in , the late Indian mystic Meher Baba. It is Townshend who has been most resistant to working as the Who during the past two decades. He has been busy writing books, musicals and his own music. Recently he began compiling a database of his unpublished music and has already documented 1, pieces.