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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.


Ron England says: September 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Saw the Quadrophenia tour. The show was AWESOME!! Hoping there is a DVD coming out soon with a show from that tour. Long live The Who!!

marita terese says: September 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

This morning, my son selected my Lifehouse Elements. He is most intuitive. It was a perfect celebration of harmony and peace. Thank you so much for the many gifts you have created for all of us. As ever, Marita

Colin weight says: September 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Just finished your autobiography it gave me an insight into the who and you as an individual. I am only to glad that you found the strength to get to where you are today and to never give up. I have just picked up the guitar at 55 years of age so look out pete I,m snapping at your heals

graham says: May 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

hi pete,
have just finished reading your autobiography.i must say,it is the best book i have ever read !.you are so honest about yourself in the book.i only got to see the who once(unfortunetly).still a massive fan tho !.

Cheryl says: September 30, 2013 at 3:21 am

Dear Pete
How are you?
My daughter loves your music and tries to buy your albums.
She found your quadrophenia album but has spilled paint on the book that came with the album is there anyway I can get her another copy.she suffers from depression and this has upset her so much. Thank you.


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