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.

— Pete Townshend

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

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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.

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It's like the mod thing is happening again.

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

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

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I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.

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Keith Moon, God rest his soul, once drove his car through the glass doors of a hotel, driving all the way up to the reception desk, got out and asked for the key to his room.

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I smash guitars because I like them.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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About Pete Townshend

Quotes 125 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

The Who got paid 4000 pounds during those days, but we always smashed our equipment that cost more than 5000 pounds.

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Keith Moon is not interested in Jazz and won't ever be a Jazz drummer because he's more interested in looking good and being screamed at.

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If you don't want anyone to know anything about you, don't write anything.

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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.

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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.

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Parade your pallor in iniquity.

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Rumors went round that I might be gay.

In some ways, I was happy w/ this. Larry Rivers proved to me that a gay man could be wild, attractive, and courageous; in any case one's sexuality was becoming less of an issue every day. One of the great things about the British Mod movement was that being macho was no longer the only measure of manhood.

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

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There's no easy way to be free.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4

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.

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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.

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It's sad when people break up.

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

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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.

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I'M FREE! - I'm free, And freedom tastes of reality, I'm free - I'm free, An' I'm waiting for you to follow me.

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I want fast food, pretty naked girls preferably tattooed.

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A lot of my audience are in their 50s. But they want me to pretend to continue to be pretending.

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I'm only interested in rites of passage stories.

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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.

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It's an ordinary day for Brian. Like, he died every day, you know.

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Many were starting to use computerized synthesizers & drum machines to produce an entirely new style of music. It was being punted by the critics that the guitar was old hat; I was reminded of the way my father & his clarinets were written off in the late Fifties.

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We tried not to age, but time had its rage.

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Although I was well past my teenage troubles, our music was specifically designed to lubricate the passage from adolescence to adulthood.

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The circling horse was an oblique warning that i would repeat the same mistake eternally. Would the law of averages allow it? Can anything continue without change? Nothing else in nature behaves so consistently and rigidly as a human being in pursuit of hell.

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

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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.

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

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Once she woke with untamed lover's face between her legs, now he's cooled and stifled and it's she who has to beg.

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I've learned a huge amount because I've been tested and, more importantly, I've been trusted.

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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

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