Who I Am: A Memoir :: By Pete Townshend :: Harper, 544 pages :: $32.50 :: A pained and cutting extended diatribe from a man who is both arrogant enough to have elevated rock to the esteem of opera, and self-loathing enough to have turned his childhood hurt into pop tunes. Townshend is candid almost to a fault, letting the reader in on a lifetime of insecurity. Townshend and the Who turned their rough edges and sour personas into the key selling point of their band, their drug-fueled anarchy making their music all the more poignant.
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