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Pete Townshend
By Anonym 18 Sep

Pete Townshend

So remember when you're looking for trouble That trouble is already busy with weaker men

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I am writing better Stephen Sondheim songs than even Stephen Sondheim is writing.

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 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

Enjoy life. And be careful what you pray for - remember, you will get it all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Early British pop was helped tremendously by the writing of Bob Dylan who had proved you could write about political and quite controversial subjects. Certainly what we did followed on from what was happening with the angry young men in the theatre.

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 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 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

As a young man, every bone in my body wanted to pick up a machine gun and kill Germans. And yet I had absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly nobody invited me to do the job. But that's what I felt that I was trained to do. Now no part of my upbringing was militaristic.

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 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

Young and old will sit and judge unfeeling, while the empty churches' bells are pealing. And the green hills lay ignored, untended, lonely watchers remain unbefriended.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

In the midnight of a soul's unsleeping, hear the waterfall of women weeping. Hear the distant noise of traffic stalling, hear the prostituted children calling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

It's sad when people break up.

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

Even as age humbles me it feeds my arrogance. There is still nothing that interests me as much as myself.

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 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

We are musicians, entertainers. We can do it. We have the right tools. No worries.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

Everything that I had done creatively related to two or three incidents that happened to me when I was a child that I'd forgotten. Everything, absolutely everything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

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

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 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Songwriting is best. It's the hardest ... finest ... tightest. It also requires the most discipline.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Rock music is important to people , because it allows them to escape this crazy world. It allows them not to run away from the problems that are there, but to face up to them , but at the same time sort of DANCE ALL OVER THEM. That's what rock and roll is about.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Pete Townshend

I slept badly that night, my vivid dreams populated by ghosts. As much as it revived ailing spirits in day light, the fizzy energy of NY seemed to feed on human frailty at night.

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 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 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

The Who is now a brand, not a band; but it is a brand that is upheld by its audience, not an industry or a cynical moneymaking machine.

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

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 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I smash guitars because I like them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

It makes me angry when people insist that I have a responsibility to do what they think I should do.

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'll spend my mornings at the sunshine café.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Poverty is not something people impose on themselves for want of effort and community organisation. It is constructed by divisive and discriminatory laws, inflexible organisations, acquisitive ideologies of wealth, a deeply rooted class system and policies which serve privilege in the short term and destroy society in the long term.

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 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 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

When I grew up, what was interesting for me was that music was color and life was gray. So music for me has always been more than entertainment.

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

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Rough boys I wanna bite and kiss you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I believe rock can do anything, it's the ultimate vehicle for everything

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

The fact of the matter is, I'm f**king brilliant. Not 'was' brilliant. 'Am' brilliant.

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I felt that the elegance of pop music was that it was reflective: we were holding up a mirror to our audience and reflecting them philosophically and spiritually, rather than just reflecting society or something called 'rock and roll.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Pete Townshend

Like so many addicts, I'd thought that if I could only sort out my life, I could then sort out my drinking. It was a revelation to see that it would be simpler the other way around

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pete Townshend

What the Who is all about is exactly that and it always has been. If it exists today for this concert, it's in response again to a function which is happening out there on the street.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Pete Townshend

I am an animal, my teeth are sharp and my mouth is full, and the passion is strong.

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.