As surprising as it may seem , not all famous rock’n’roll musicians are comfortable talking about their pasts , even involving their times of greatest creative accomplishment , fame , and fortune . The reasons can be myriad , and not immediately obvious . Recalling your naive exploits, often at a time barely out your teens , can be awkward from the current perspective of a 50 or 60 year old . Frequently the songs , albums, and tours are tied inextricably to behind-the-scenes issues of lawsuits , sour business deals , personnel defections and firings , and personal loss which are painful to re-examine . Some fading stars whose careers are struggling now are loathe to revisit past glories simply because it underscores for them just how far from grace they’ve fallen . And more than one famous rock star simply cannot remember key periods in their lives due to memory blackouts , a frightening and unfortunately permanent result of alcoholism or drug abuse .
Pete Townshend of The Who has no such reservations . He can discuss easily the merits of The Who’s music , from 1964’s “I Can’t Explain” right up to their recent Super Bowl halftime performance , as well as their demerits for the band’s behavior along the way . As The Who’s recognized Quadrophenia auteur , Townshend has assessed their almost half-century of musical creation and found it to be good . Pete is a delightful , witty , thoughtful , and refreshingly honest conversationalist who can easily and effectively examine The Who’s epic 1973 opus through a slightly-detached , objective eye which only the passage of time , and maturity , can provide . -Redbeard