Pete Townshend - Before I Get Old

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0120110823

Pete Townshend gives a full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

Going back to his childhood, he remembers being on tour with his father's glamorous dance band and how the safety of those years gave way to something darker when his parents separated.

Those childhood traumas led him to become a storyteller and a consummate guitarist.

"There was something a bit vengeful about it.

I thought, when I finally do emerge, you're going to know about it.

I was smaller than everybody else, I didn't shoot up in height until I was 17 - they were all having sex, I didn't kiss a girl until I was 18...

but I knew I needed to be in a gang, and the gang was the band."

Pete reflects on the birth of The Who, the mods, and he remembers their brilliant, well connected managers: wild, posh Kit Lambert and suave, beautiful, Chris Stamp - the perfect marriage of West End and East End.

He talks about the rage of The Who's music, about learning to be showmen, and turning up the volume "so we didn't get heckled by the yobbos in the audience."

Believing that pop music needed a spiritual dimension, and that the Beatles had failed to deliver anything meaningful, Pete remembers wanting to do something "audacious" with Tommy.

It was "about the stories that I grew up with in my neighbourhood...

stories of sexual abuse, of bullying, of post war violence.

What I'd touched on was deeply personal.

I was MY story, it was where I was at."

Pete also shares a vivid account of the psychedelic years and of the horrors of Woodstock, whilst in the second part he will speak candidly about the money, the fabulous fame, the drinking and tensions in the band.

Pete Townshend shares a personal account of his life in rock 'n' roll.

0220110830

The Who's Pete Townshend continues his first-hand account of a life in rock 'n' roll.

In the second part, he speaks candidly about the money, the fabulous fame, the drinking and tensions in the band.

Pete Townshend concludes his first-hand account of a life in rock 'n' roll.

6M0120111025

Pete Townshend shares a personal account of his life in rock 'n' roll.

Ahead of his delivery of the inaugural Peel Lecture, 6 Music revisits Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

Going back to his childhood, he remembers being on tour with his father's glamorous dance band and how the safety of those years gave way to something darker when his parents separated.

Those childhood traumas led him to become a storyteller and a consummate guitarist.

"There was something a bit vengeful about it.

I thought, when I finally do emerge, you're going to know about it.

I was smaller than everybody else, I didn't shoot up in height until I was 17 - they were all having sex, I didn't kiss a girl until I was 18...but I knew I needed to be in a gang, and the gang was the band."

Pete reflects on the birth of The Who, the mods, and he remembers their brilliant, well connected managers: wild, posh Kit Lambert and suave, beautiful, Chris Stamp - the perfect marriage of West End and East End.

He talks about the rage of The Who's music, about learning to be showmen, and turning up the volume "so we didn't get heckled by the yobbos in the audience."

Believing that pop music needed a spiritual dimension, and that the Beatles had failed to deliver anything meaningful, Pete remembers wanting to do something "audacious" with Tommy.

It was "about the stories that I grew up with in my neighbourhood...stories of sexual abuse, of bullying, of post war violence.

What I'd touched on was deeply personal.

I was MY story, it was where I was at."

Pete also shares a vivid account of the psychedelic years and of the horrors of Woodstock, whilst later episodes will cover the money, the fabulous fame, the drinking and tensions in the band.

This documentary first broadcast on Radio 2 in August.

The Peel Lecture will be broadcast live from the Radio Academy Radio Festival, in Salford, on Monday 31 October 2011.

6M0220111026

Pete Townshend continues his full frank account of his life in music.

Ahead of his delivery of the inaugural Peel Lecture, 6 Music revisits Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

6M0320111027

Pete Townshend continues his personal account of his life in rock 'n' roll.

Ahead of his delivery of the inaugural Peel Lecture, 6 Music revisits Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

6M04 LAST20111028

Ahead of his delivery of the inaugural Peel Lecture, 6 Music revisits Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

Pete Townshend concludes his first-hand account of a life in rock 'n' roll.