From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who...
...wanted The Who to be called The Hair.
...wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer, and a graphic designer.
...became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor.
...smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, by accident.
...invented the Marshall stack, feedback, and the concept album.
...inspired Jimi Hendrix's pyrotechnical stagecraft.
...is partially deaf in his left ear.
...stole his windmill guitar playing from Keith Richards.
...followed Keith Moon off a hotel balcony into a pool and nearly died.
...did too much cocaine and nearly died.
...drank too much and nearly died.
...detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died.
...was embroiled in a tabloid scandal that has dogged him ever since.
...planned to write his memoir when he was 21.
...published this book at 67.
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Early days in London
The exquisite story and rich language of Mr. Townsend's autobiography serves to further establish him as a truly great artist. His light touch and genuine warmth in his reading is a special treat. When he laughs at little episodes of his own amazing life, you are reminded of the human being within the genius.
- Cow Poke McGhee
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