A biography of the Who guitarist is based on interviews with friends, co-workers, and Townsend himself, detailing his rise from a dysfunctional family in working-class London to international rock stardom and his turbulent personal life. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
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Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison and Lennon in America. He lives in Thailand.From Kirkus Reviews:
Riddled with inconsistencies, this overlong and occasionally self-serving biography of the Mod rock satyr offers little about its subject that fans don't already know. Founding member and driving force behind the Who, rock 'n' roll Boswell of his ``G-G-G-Generation,'' creator of Tommy (and of a new form of musical excess, the ``rock opera''), and possessor of one of the most prolific appetites (even by rocker standards) for booze, drugs, and the high life, Pete Townshend has long since cemented his legend as one of the giants of contemporary rock. Beginning with the Who's 1965 anthemic ``My Generation'' (remembered for its defiant refrain, ``Hope I die before I get old''), Townshend's career is perhaps best characterized by an uncompromising (some would say self-destructive) approach to both music and life. Giuliano (Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney, 1991, etc.) has collected an extraordinary number of details about Townshend's profoundly dysfunctional childhood; his long-standing rivalry with fellow Who member, vocalist Roger Daltrey; his addiction to heroin; his search for religious meaning and his (occasionally bizarre) devotion to the silent Indian mystic Meher Baba; his erratic career after the Who stopped touring; his charitable work; his hearing loss; and the relatively recent revelation of his bisexuality. Less conspicuous, however, is the narrative focus that might make sense of all the facts. Giuliano seems at times flummoxed by his mercurial subject, who offers contradictory interpretations of his own work, including several different explanations for the ``Hope I die'' line. The author variously describes Townshend as an effete, middle-class artist and, seemingly without any recognition of the contradiction, as a gritty ``working-class rocker from West London.'' The book seems equally incapable of suggesting what influence Townshend's sexuality has had on his music or what it tells us about the pattern of his life. A confused, contradictory, and unrevealing work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro E P Dutton, 1996. Hardback with Dust Jacket. Condizione libro: New. Published by E P Dutton in 1996. Hardback with Dust Jacket, 340 pages. New book. The book has not been read, it is in perfect condition, cover and pages are not damaged. Extra postage required for Outside Europe: 1.5 GBP. Additional postage is based on the weight and dimension of each parcel. Codice libro della libreria 52562
Descrizione libro Dutton Adult. Condizione libro: Brand New. Ships from USA. FREE domestic shipping. Codice libro della libreria 0525940529
Descrizione libro Dutton Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First American Edition. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0525940529
Descrizione libro McClelland & Stewart, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. Photos (illustratore). 1st Edition. 1996 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in original dustjacket. 1st Printing in original black Jacket; this is the black background photo variation jacket with the round photo of Townshend, as distributed in England and Canada . Never opened , Never owned, Never marked . Please note, this has faint scuffs to glossy black dj as is common with this volume, and one indent with tiny pinprick; tiny corner bumps to edges. Still Nice & Clean, unread, Gift Giving collectible quality. Book size 6" wide x 9-1/2" tall. 340 Pages with index, Bibliography, Discography of British & American Releases & List of Bootlegs; + illustrated with 16 Pages Black & White Glossy Photographs. Jacket has photo of young Pete Townshend on front and small photo Geoffrey Guiliano inside back. Author Geoffrey Guiliano is a top international celebrity biographer and authority on Pop Music . He is the author of Dark Horse - The Private Life of George Harrison Blackbird - The Life and Times of Paul McCartney The Lost Beatles Interviews Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones Collection and others . In this life story of the legendary Pete Townshend, whom he has known personally for over 20 years, he tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the man who was the brains behind the phenomenally popular band The Who . Pete Townshend has lived a fascinating, often troubled life . He invented Rock Opera with the astonishingly-successful 'Tommy' . He is an outstanding musician, whose career as a guitarist has flourished for over 3 decades . but . strangely enough . there has never before been a biography written about him . In this fascinating book, the author draws on interviews with close frien ds and fellow artists . including Eric Clapton . Paul McCartney . and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones . as well as with Townshend himself . He tells the strange tale of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of a sexually v oracious mother . to turn to music as an escape from the mockery of schoolmates . to develop from an unskilled, musically-illiterate guitarist . into the composer-performer who led John Entwistle . Roger Daltrey . and Keith Moon . to the height of musical stardom with their band The Who . and . to indulge in the kind of excess in his personal life that would have killed many men, and actually did kill a number of his closest friends . Explores the contradictions of a poli tical radical . who made and squandered millions . a husband & father . who engaged in the sex orgies that came with stardom . a devoted believer in the spiritual teachings of the mystic from India Meher Baba . yet who also abused every a ppetite and desire . A full chronology of Townshend's life as well as that of The Who . This is the fascinating true story behind Pete Townshend . showing a man looking back . looking forward . and looking in his own mirror . " Behind Blue Eyes - The Life of Pete Townshend " . 1996 First Edition Hardcover in original Glossy Black Jacket . published by McClelland & Stewart , London / Toronto , in English only *** Secure packing, Safe delivery, since 1965 *** 6 x 9-1/2 ". Codice libro della libreria 872D
Descrizione libro Dutton Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0525940529
Descrizione libro Dutton Adult. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0525940529 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.3109614