Having worked in the UK music industry of the early to mid seventies and two of my abusers being executives in the same industry you would be right in thinking I am a a music nut. That said I have followed The Who since the mid sixties and have seen them live more times than I care to remember, but one thing I did hear with regard Mr. Townshend was he went through a spell of that old chestnut the all prevaling "Sexual Identity Crisis".
I always identified with his lyrics especially so with the release of "Quadrophenia":
The Real Me:
I went back to the doctor
To get another shrink.
I sit and tell him about my weekend,
But he never betrays what he thinks.
Can you see the real me, doctor?
I went back to my mother
I said, "I'm crazy ma, help me."
She said, "I know how it feels son,
'Cause it runs in the family."
Can you see the real me, mother?
The cracks between the paving stones
Look like rivers of flowing veins.
Strange people who know me
Peeping from behind every window pane.
The girl I used to love
Lives in this yellow house.
Yesterday she passed me by,
She doesn't want to know me now.
Can you see the real me, can you?
I ended up with the preacher,
Full of lies and hate,
I seemed to scare him a little
So he showed me to the golden gate.
Can you see the real me preacher?
Can you see the real me doctor?
Can you see the real me mother?
Can you see the real me?
And this one especially. I really thought at one time it was about me and I still regard it as my song.
Laugh and say I'm green
I've seen things you'll never see.
Talk behind my back
But I'm off the beaten track.
I'll take on anyone
Ain't scared of a bloody nose,
Drink till I drop down
With one eye on my clothes.
What is it? I'll take it.
Who is she? I'll rape it.
Got a bet there? I'll meet it.
Getting High? You can't beat it.
Doctor Jimmy and mister Jim
When I'm pilled you don't notice him,
He only comes out when I drink my gin.
You say she's a virgin.
I'm gonna be the first in.
Her fellah's gonna kill me?
Oh fucking will he.
I'm seeing double
But don't miss me if you can.
There's gonna be trouble
When she choses her man.
What is it? [etc.]
Doctor Jimmy and mister Jim etc.
Is it me? For a moment
The stars are falling.
The heat is rising
The past is calling.
I'm going back soon
Home to get the baboon.
Who cut up my eye,
Messed up my Levis.
I'm feeling restless
Bring another score around
Maybe something stronger
Could really hold me down.
Townshend to me is one of the chief commenators of the 20th Century, but how can a man with his intelligence go into a CP site and pay for images for research? ...... That act was/is beyond my comphrehension, I know what CP is like it happened to me and I dont need reminding by way of looking at stuff like that, I would have thought he had a good enough imagination to figure it out without entering one of those sites he certainly had an insight when he wrote "Uncle Ernie" from Tommy.
However it is now well known that Townshend was abused by his grandmother and that he has only just recently disclosed but he was getting close to that point with the publication of this essay:
A Different Bomb.
It is a pdf document and it can be read here at: http://www.petetownshend.co.uk/media/020120adifferentbomb.pdf
As to his recent writings on teenage sex I have no desire to read it and wonder why he did publish it on the net is he going through some sort of perverse way of purging himself?
Like Roadrunner I dont think Townshend is a paedophile either as I know he has been supportive of survivor groups in the past.
"Lets grab this bull by the horns and swing it about a bit"