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June 1, 2011


I am shut away in my home studio at the moment working to restore the demos of Quadrophenia. Bob Pridden is doing surround-sound mixes of selected tracks. Jon Astley is remastering the original vinyl mix, and evaluating his own 1996 remix (the one where you can properly hear Roger’s astonishing vocals). I am sitting in a pile of notes, desk diaries, photos (I took a lot of my own between 1971-1973 when Quadrophenia emerged), original lyrics and writing liner notes.
I am really enjoying this work. Bob’s mixes are mind-blowing. My demos are among the best I’ve ever done, and include some real quirky tracks that didn’t make it onto the final album. I still find studio work strange ñ I have to have the speakers very low in volume, not what I’m used to. This package, due in October if all goes well, is another Live at Leeds and Hull ñ or even another Lifehouse Chronicles ñ in the making. You are going to love it. I hope so, because I am missing this summer sunshine to get it completed on time.
In my recent interview with my friend Simon Garfield for INTELLIGENT LIFE, I professed some difficulty in my interaction with fans as I grow older. What is so wonderful about working on Quadrophenia is that back in 1970, all the way through to the recording in 1973, the primary challenge for me was to tell the story of the Who’s fans and at the same time address the wayward creative needs of the band as individuals and artists. The Who, and Jimmy as a kind of model for one or all of our fans, really had developed a powerful symbiosis that deserved a project like Quadrophenia both to honour the mechanism and address why it started to fail almost a soon as it had begun.
So I am enjoying working with the music, but I’m enjoying writing about it too.
Please don’t make your comments to Pete too long. If you do, they won’t be posted.
Thanks – Ed.


Adolph letke says: October 26, 2013 at 3:56 am

I’m a life long fan. 56 years old. I’ve seen the Who minus Moon a few times. Saw you at the House of Blues in Chicago for the benefit of Maryville. Fr. Smith is a friend and I attend his mass most every Sunday. I’m not computer literate and found it difficult to send an email to you. Not sure this will work and odds are you won’t even read my message but I thought I would take a shot. What the fuck right? I’m at the point in my life where i feel i should be able to connect with anyone. I am a highly successful business man that has relationships with many of the big boys in the States. You have been and continue to be my favorite artist. I am the banker for Gibson Guitar and have been to Nashville many times. Anyhow just wanted to touch base and tell you about the aforementioned and that you are one of my life’s heroes. Crazy isn’t it. But you have incredible talent and your work has been woven into the fabric of my life. Hope you get this because it’s been a pain in the ass to type this with one finger. The only response I ask for is to let me know you received this message. I am a lifelong fan of yours Pete. If I get a response from you it will be appreciated. Sending a message through an iPad is like … We’ll you know
Best regards

Howard Buckler says: October 2, 2013 at 4:11 am

My personal opinion is that Quadrophenia was your best work.
Sea and sand is melodically and structurally one of the best I’ve heard. Not to mention the power chords that boost the vocals. We don’t ride GS scooters in the states but the lyrics adapted well to the muscle cars and growing up.
Very powerful lyrics for such a young man.


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