Behind Blue Eyes: The Life of Pete Townshend

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 365 pages
As far as legendary rock bands go, The Who ranks alongside the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Penning the Who's enduring rock anthems and bringing those songs to life with some of the most frenetic and destructive guitar performances ever witnessed, Pete Townshend proved that his excess matched his talent, and left in his wake bottles, syringes, groupies, and trashed hotel rooms as his band brought their music to an equally energized generation. Biographer Giuliano spills the beans on Townshend's childhood, his battles with band members during the Who's glory days as mod gods, his strange devotion to the Indian mystic Meher Baba, and the many unexpected turns his creative activities have taken in between the band's several break-ups and reunions.
 

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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 ... Read full review

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Touted as the "world's loudest rock band," The Who has also been one of the most innovative and popular musical groups for more than 30 years now. The creative force behind the band has always been ... Read full review

Contents

Life House Childhood Trauma
1
Mirrored Sky The Detours
22
Jagged Glory Mod World
43
Titans The who
74
Ragged Heart Loving Meher Baba
109
Thunder and Silence Disillusionment
145
Second Coming Sex Drugs and Death
172
OneMan Band Townshend Alone
201
Appendices
277
A Diary of Events
278
An Interview with the Who
316
Pete Townshend on Tommy
322
Pete Townshend Discography
326
Bootlegs
342
Bibliography
347
Acknowledgments
350

The Prisoner Passion Power and Middle Age
232
Dead Horses Entering the New Millennium
257

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About the author (2002)

Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison and Lennon in America. He lives in Thailand.

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