Magazine December 31, 2012, Issue

Behind the Music

Who I Am: A Memoir, by Pete Townshend (Harper, 544 pp., $32.50)

The inner flap of the dust jacket says it all: “Pete Townshend has some explaining to do.”

Indeed. He needs to explain, in no particular order, why he smashed hundreds of beautiful guitars during performances with his band, The Who, in the 1960s and ’70s; why he penned all those convoluted “rock operas” that no one understands; and why, in 2003, he was arrested on suspicion of having used his credit card to access a website containing child pornography.

In his newly released autobiography, the legendary guitarist acquits himself on all charges (though I fear he may still have to answer to

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Articles

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Good Ol’ Tip

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Glorious Decline

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Features

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The New Wisconsin

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Federalism and Marriage

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Books, Arts & Manners

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A Swollen Hobbit

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The Real Cliff

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A Fizzy Bundle

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Politics & Policy

Gadfly of the Arts

She’s a fast-talking gadfly-hipster, an iconoclastic critic of the cultural world, amusing, perceptive, and (occasionally) infuriating; sometimes glib, but seldom dull. Despite her dogmatic pronouncements, she’s a sort of intellectual ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Athwart

Comrade Stone

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The Long View

Bestseller Excerpts

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Happy Warrior

Beautiful, Please Hurry

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