Pete Townshend's memoir, Who I Am, is on sale today. Tomorrow night, The Who guitarist and rock opera inventor will be at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where he'll be "in conversation with" novelist Wesley Stace, who sings songs under the name John Wesley Harding.
If you have tickets for the Free Library of Philadelphia-produced event, count yourself fortunate, because it was an immediate sell out. Townshend has been busily promoting the sometimes painfully self examining Who I Am - in which he pulls up memories of being abused as a child, attributes the explosiveness of The Who's sound to growing up during the Cold War with the threat of nuclear annihilation hanging over his generation's head, and says that Mick Jagger was the only man he was ever sexually atttracted to - all over the place this week.
The book's title is as much of a question as a declaration. At one point in the book, a record company exec tells him: "Your fans don't know who you are any more," and Townshend wonders, "Had they ever known? Even now I'm still trying to find out who I am."
On Monday, he sat with the ladies of The View and explained why he was arrested on suspicion of possisessing child pornography - a charge he was later cleared of - and showed Eizabeth Hasslebeck how to windmill. Later on, he was interviewed by John Stewart on The Daily Show, and the two parts of that are below.