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WHAT I’M DOING EVERYDAY

I am shut away in my home studio at the moment working to restore the demos of Quadrophenia. Bob Pridden is doing surround-sound mixes of selected tracks. Jon Astley is remastering the original vinyl mix, and evaluating his own 1996 remix (the one where you can properly hear Roger’s astonishing vocals). I am sitting in a pile of notes, desk diaries, photos (I took a lot of my own between 1971-1973 when Quadrophenia emerged), original lyrics and writing liner notes.
 
I am really enjoying this work. Bob’s mixes are mind-blowing. My demos are among the best I’ve ever done, and include some real quirky tracks that didn’t make it onto the final album. I still find studio work strange ñ I have to have the speakers very low in volume, not what I’m used to. This package, due in October if all goes well, is another Live at Leeds and Hull ñ or even another Lifehouse Chronicles ñ in the making. You are going to love it. I hope so, because I am missing this summer sunshine to get it completed on time.
 
In my recent interview with my friend Simon Garfield for INTELLIGENT LIFE, I professed some difficulty in my interaction with fans as I grow older. What is so wonderful about working on Quadrophenia is that back in 1970, all the way through to the recording in 1973, the primary challenge for me was to tell the story of the Who’s fans and at the same time address the wayward creative needs of the band as individuals and artists. The Who, and Jimmy as a kind of model for one or all of our fans, really had developed a powerful symbiosis that deserved a project like Quadrophenia both to honour the mechanism and address why it started to fail almost a soon as it had begun.
 
So I am enjoying working with the music, but I’m enjoying writing about it too.
 
 
 
 
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Thanks – Ed.

12 thoughts on “WHAT I’M DOING EVERYDAY”

  1. graham says:

    hi pete,
    have just finished reading your autobiography.i must say,it is the best book i have ever read !.you are so honest about yourself in the book.i only got to see the who once(unfortunetly).still a massive fan tho !.

  2. shaun davison says:

    Just finished the book which thoroughly appreciated. I am writer and am keen to interview Pete about his spiritual views. Google will show a book I have written on the theme. If interested I am over from NZ in October.

  3. Jamie says:

    WOW – I am infatuated with you Pete Townshend! I am absolutely positive my confession is not at all original or never been read by your bluest of eyes. Ha. I digress – fucking genius you are! I am now obsessed with all things The Who and I’ll tell ya – never really gave the band any thought and only recognized one song – from the television show CSI. More of a Zepplin/Stones classic rock type of gal (only 34 but an old sweet soul so ‘they’ say). My friends purchased me the audio book version of your memoirs and I’m still plowing through but wanted to properly tell some outlet how thus far – I swear you must be my muse and kindred spirit. I can only hope in my wildest of dreams that you will maybe one day come across this and feel much gratification know there are now probably 1 billion and 1 (me) fans now…and how you have re-inspired the artist within. So, with much adieu – THANK YOU!

  4. Paul Armstrong says:

    Hi Pete,
    I just finished your book also…quite a great read. It is right up there with Keith Richards “Life”. I had to go back through all of the Who music I have while reading it. Thank you for sharing! Paul 🙂

  5. Louise says:

    I’m seventeen. you’re like a gourou to me. thank ya.

  6. Colin weight says:

    Just finished your autobiography it gave me an insight into the who and you as an individual. I am only to glad that you found the strength to get to where you are today and to never give up. I have just picked up the guitar at 55 years of age so look out pete I,m snapping at your heals

  7. marita terese says:

    This morning, my son selected my Lifehouse Elements. He is most intuitive. It was a perfect celebration of harmony and peace. Thank you so much for the many gifts you have created for all of us. As ever, Marita

  8. Ron England says:

    Saw the Quadrophenia tour. The show was AWESOME!! Hoping there is a DVD coming out soon with a show from that tour. Long live The Who!!

  9. Della says:

    Was that you I saw having breakfast in a hotel in Bude this morning?

  10. Howard Buckler says:

    My personal opinion is that Quadrophenia was your best work.
    Sea and sand is melodically and structurally one of the best I’ve heard. Not to mention the power chords that boost the vocals. We don’t ride GS scooters in the states but the lyrics adapted well to the muscle cars and growing up.
    Very powerful lyrics for such a young man.

  11. Adolph letke says:

    Pete
    I’m a life long fan. 56 years old. I’ve seen the Who minus Moon a few times. Saw you at the House of Blues in Chicago for the benefit of Maryville. Fr. Smith is a friend and I attend his mass most every Sunday. I’m not computer literate and found it difficult to send an email to you. Not sure this will work and odds are you won’t even read my message but I thought I would take a shot. What the fuck right? I’m at the point in my life where i feel i should be able to connect with anyone. I am a highly successful business man that has relationships with many of the big boys in the States. You have been and continue to be my favorite artist. I am the banker for Gibson Guitar and have been to Nashville many times. Anyhow just wanted to touch base and tell you about the aforementioned and that you are one of my life’s heroes. Crazy isn’t it. But you have incredible talent and your work has been woven into the fabric of my life. Hope you get this because it’s been a pain in the ass to type this with one finger. The only response I ask for is to let me know you received this message. I am a lifelong fan of yours Pete. If I get a response from you it will be appreciated. Sending a message through an iPad is like … We’ll you know
    Best regards
    Adolph

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