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October 28, 2013

Pete Townshend blog entry: Storms and people passing….


The big storm passed through, not too bad where I live in London, but Rob Lee our webmaster lives by the sea on the south coast and I was worried for him. The storm ended a tumultuous few weeks. 


Several people important to me have passed away. Peter Kay, a friend and chef who designed my kitchen passed away a few weeks ago leaving three daughters. He worked for the footballer Tony Adams charity Sporting Chance for many years. He was a lovely man who had health problems all his life. He passed peacefully. 


Then it was Phoebe, the Irish woman who was one of the first group to come to Erin Pizzey’s Chiswick Women’s Aid – the Richmond house that Keith Moon visited, and that helped kick off Double O, the Who’s charity. Erin came from Ireland with eleven children, and was regarded as something of a saint in Brentford where she lived and died. 


Then David Hooper passed away. He was the caretaker and watchman at Eel Pie Oceanic for many years; he had to stop work when he was hit by a truck on a pedestrian crossing and lost his leg. He managed to end a life of hard drinking in time to be a support to his estranged daughter when she was taken seriously ill ten years ago. 


Yesterday I heard about the passing of Lou Reed. I’d been thinking about him after meeting Jean Michel Jarre last Saturday. He is a friend of Lou and Laurie Anderson. My heart goes out to Laurie whom I met briefly when Lou played with me at Rachel Fuller’s ATTIC JAM at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Lou seemed to have fun that night, and it was wonderful and easy for me to perform with this clear-sighted musician who I had expected to be so difficult. 


Finally, yesterday, I learned than Bhau Kalchuri, the Chairman of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust in India, had passed away on Wednesday. Bhau was a good friend to me, and this week has been a strange one for me, with many swerves and ups and downs, and it didn’t surprise me when I heard he had died. Many Who fans will know I have been a follower of Meher Baba since 1967. Sometimes I am unsure of the sanity of believing that Meher Baba is God in human form, as he claimed. But Anita Viellard, a light-hearted and glamorous Parisian artist I knew very well, told Baba “We don’t mind you thinking you are God, we just love you anyway.” 


So we had our little storm here in the UK. Nothing like Hurricane Sandy, but we know you are thinking about us just as we thought of you on the East Coast. I am very much alive. I hope Rob Lee still has a roof on his house, it is just 25 yards from the beach.


Pete Townshend, October 28, 2013









85 Responses to Pete Townshend blog entry: Storms and people passing….

Dan Stenger says: October 31, 2013 at 3:03 am

God bless you, Pete. You have many friends “upstairs” who can help you and intercede for you and yours. We pray that Rob and his house are safe and sound.

Hank Locker says: October 31, 2013 at 12:44 am

Pete, first of all, I’ll never be able to express what you and the Who have meant to me over my 59 years on this planet. I just hope that you, like myself, maintain “faith in something bigger” and are at peace knowing we all move on at some point. Continued health and cheer to you, my avatar…

John Tanner says: October 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hi Pete: Sorry to hear about all the friends you have lost recently just take comfort in knowing they’re no longer suffering and as you stated, one went peacefully in their sleep. I’m happy to hear you weathered the storm and made it safely, to the other side. May you and those you hold dearly stay safe and live happily and healthy, for many more years to come. Thank you for all the wonderful inspirational music and memories through the years, may you continue to inspire.

linda ann says: October 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

thoughtful and compassionate Pete……yu have been an inspiration and source of great happieness in my life since l bought my first Who album in 1973 when l was a tenderhearted 13 yr old…..Your music still speaks to me loud and clear,thanks.


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