Published May 18, 2011Throughout his 50-year career, Pete Townshend has had his share of ups and downs. He's penned classic rock operas, struggled with drug addiction and been accused of seeking out child pornography. Now, the Who guitarist is getting ready to tell his story in an upcoming autobiography.
Entitled Pete Townshend: Who He?, the tome is due to come out through HarperCollins in the fall of 2012. In a statement [via Billboard], the rocker said, "I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations. I am happy that I am able to write my book myself, in my own 'voice' that many readers will be hearing for the first time."
This is hardly the first time the Who legend has announced plans to pen a memoir. When he was implicated in an internet child pornography case back in 2003, he explained that he had been researching for his book.
"I have been writing my childhood autobiography for the past seven years," he wrote at the time. "I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother, who was mentally ill at the time. I cannot remember clearly what happened, but my creative work tends to throw up nasty shadows -- particularly in Tommy. Some of the things I have seen on the net have informed my book, which I hope will be published later this year."
Now that he's got a publisher on board, it seems that the long-awaited book is finally going to see the light of day.
Perhaps his writing plans explain why Townshend isn't joining Roger Daltrey on this year's Tommy tour. If it means that we're going to get the autobiography a little sooner, we're going to say it's a fair trade.