Pete Townshend: Before I Get Old [6 Music]

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0120111025

0120111025

012011102520121106
20150623 (6M)
20141125 (6M)

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

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 later episodes will cover the money, the fabulous fame, the drinking and tensions in the band.

This documentary was first broadcast on Radio 2.

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

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

As The Who prepare to tour the UK, there's another chance to heat Pete Townshend giving 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."

This documentary was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

As the Who prepare to headline Glastonbury for the second time, there's another chance to heat Pete Townshend giving 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."

This documentary was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

0220111026

0220111026

022011102620150624 (6M)

As the Who prepare to headline Glastonbury for the second time, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

022011102620121107
20141126 (6M)
20150624 (6M)

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

Another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

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

As The Who prepare to tour the UK, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

As the Who prepare to headline Glastonbury for the second time, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full, frank and fearless account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

0320111027

0320111027

032011102720150625 (6M)

As The Who prepare to headline Glastonbury for the second time, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full and frank account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

032011102720150625 (6M)

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

032011102720121108
20150625 (6M)
20141127 (6M)

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

Another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full and frank account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

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

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

As The Who prepare to tour the UK, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full and frank account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

As The Who prepare to headline Glastonbury for the second time, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full and frank account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

0420111028

042011102820150626 (6M)

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

As the Who prepare to headline Glastonbury for the second time, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full and frank account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

04 LAST20111028

04 LAST2011102820121109
20141128 (6M)

Pete Townshend concludes his first-hand account of a 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.

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

As The Who prepare to tour the UK, there's another chance to hear Pete Townshend's full and frank account of his career as a musician and his life in the rock business.

6M120111025

. 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.

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

6M120120320

. 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.

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

6M220111026

. 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.

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

6M220120321

. 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.

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

6M320111027

. 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.

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

6M320120322

. 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.

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

6M4 LAST20111028

. Pete Townshend concludes his first-hand account of a 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.

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

6M4 LAST20120323

. Pete Townshend concludes his first-hand account of a 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.

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