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By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

Water is more precious than oil. Both are more precious than music. Music won't heat a house or help a plant to grow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

The facts don't always reveal the truth, but the truth always reveals the facts.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Rough boys I wanna bite and kiss you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

What the English like to do is to face reality with a glass of port and a tear and fade off like Basil Rathbone into the sunset.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

No one respects the flame quite like the fool who's badly burned

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

For an electric guitarist to solo effectively on an acoustic guitar you need to develop tricks to avoid the expectation of sustain that comes from playing electrics. Try cascades, for example. Drop arpeggios over open strings, and let the open strings sing as you pick with your fingers. It's kind of a country style of playing, but it works very well in-between heavily strummed parts and fingered lead lines.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

No matter what happens in the future, rock and roll will save the world.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Pete Townshend

Wiggy & I were drug buddies. There is no tighter compact for friendship. There is no greater potential for deceit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

It's the most psychedelic experience I ever had, going to see Hendrix play. When he started to play, something changed: colors changed, everything changed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I bought a Dutch barge and turned it into a recording studio. My plan was to go to Paris and record rolling down the Seine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

I want to get inside your bitter mind and see what I can find.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

The music we play has to be tomorrow's, the things we say have to be today, and the reason for bothering is yesterday.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Respect yourself. Try to remember that not everything in life can be perfect. You will make mistakes. That's inevitable. But you are not ugly. You will only be ugly when you behave in an ugly way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Entertainment came out of this thing called a television, and it was gray. Most of the films that we saw at the cinema were black and white. It was a gray world. And music somehow was in color.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I respect those who follow religious routes only if they seem to me to be morally proper and in accord with the modern world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Any fool can hide, few can play.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Is your perception of 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' so shallow that it's violated by dancing raisins?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Pete Townshend

For the first time, a whole generation had the economic & educational opportunity to turn their backs on the dead end factory jobs of their parents, who, traumatized by two world wars, had responded by creating a safety blanket of conformity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

If I were to have my own brand of guitars, they would have to be industructable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

What I'm trying to do is find either existing properties or come up with properties or angles or stories which will create music drama. It's my obsession and most of all I would like to remain working in theatre. I think it's very much alive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Link is a quiet man to meet- easy and courteous. His music, though, betrays that deep inside he gets very very mean very often. I remember being made very uneasy the first time I heard Rumble , and yet very excited by the guitar sound. And his voice! He sounds like a cross between Jagger and Van Morrison, even sometimes like Robbie Robertson. We met him in New York in 1970 while recording Who's Next.... this later inspired the b-side Wasp Man, a tune we dedicated to Link Wray.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I just could not believe that 30 years later we're still looking at people who are supposed to write little 2-minute pop that when they actually try to do something that's a little bit more they regard it as pretentious.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

It wasn't just about flashing lights and pinball machines blowing up and things like that. It was about using encores, bringing back the good songs and using techniques that I knew about from rock performance.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

We have to focus on his early work, and just one or two of his movies, and elements of his TV shows, to keep his memory pure. People now know that Elvis could play a mean rhythm guitar himself, and needed no other musicians to perform a great song. But Elvis was not just a rock star, he was an all-round entertainer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage. I'm not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Deep inside of every human being is this feeling that nothing is ever going to be complete, that the circle will never connect - and that itself is the secret to infinity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

We won't get fooled again!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Here comes the new boss Same as the old boss.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

I want to age with some dignity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won't be classified as just a man.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I played the guitar for ten years before I realized it wasn't a weapon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

What I took back, because of my exposure to the Jewish music of the 30s and the 40s in my upbringing with my father, was that kind of theatrical songwriting. It was always a part of my character. This desire to make people laugh...Songwriting is best. It's the hardest-finest-tightest. It also requires the most discipline.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class. All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A brilliant place to live. Sad but true.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I don't need to fight / To prove I'm right / I don't need to be forgiven

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Backstage, I get sleepy, and want to curl up and snooze. I never get nervous, whatever the event. I feel quite detached until I walk on stage, and then some gear inside me clicks and off I go like a wind up doll.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

People try to put us down (Talkin' 'bout my generation) Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation) Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation) Hope I die before I get old.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Bob Dylan did the first really long record - Like A Rolling Stone - I think it was four minutes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I only really started to go to plays and to be interested in drama 20 years ago when as an artist I was already well-rounded. I think I'm more disciplined today.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

The day you open your mind to music, you're halfway to opening your mind to life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

What theatre started to look at much earlier than any other form was the internal operations of ordinary people, sometimes using mythic models in order to tell the story.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I sing my heart out to the wide open spaces I sing my heart out to the infinite sea I sing my vision to the sky-high mountains I sing my song to the free.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

If I told you what it takes to reach the highest high you'd laugh and say nothing that simple, but you've been told many times before messiah's point you to the door though no one's got the guts to leave the temple.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I have to say that anger is the blanket that comes around me, and that blunts and blurs my sense of proportion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Dance is the only thing that lets you lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I see a boy with his mother's ambition, performing for love, trained in submission.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I'll spend my mornings at the sunshine café.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

I think we are incumbent, I am incumbent, the Who is incumbent, anybody that produces anything by me is incumbent by my Englishness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I have terrible hearing trouble. I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal proponents deaf.