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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….

Mickey ODonnell says: November 14, 2013 at 1:11 am

Pete, hang in there man. It really gets you thinking when things like this happen, you know the mortality thing. Like a repeated punch to the groin. Remember the sun will be out sooner than later. Hope your friend is okay.

Michelle Means says: November 13, 2013 at 1:26 am

Dear Pete, Your comments bring me to do something I’ve been thinking of for a long, long time. I’m 60 yrs old and first saw the Who in Memphis, TN in the latter part of the sixties. I went on to buy recording, see concerts (saw more Who concerts than any other)but what I want to say is that you have brought me more comfort,peace, joy, & happiness through your music than any other artist. What I love so much about it, I think, is its Englishness. I majored in British Literature in university and all my favorite writers are British. You Brits just seem to have a brilliance with words that no one else can even approach.

I went on to write myself but only technical/scientific writing. I learned early that I did not have nor would ever have the brilliance that you possess with words. I’m a good craftswoman with words but no artist.

Of all the British Invasion bands, none could compare with The Who in music composition and lyrics. That line (and so many others of yours) in Quadrophenia, “I know how it feels son, cuz it runs in the family” has comforted me through many down spots. What a towering, magical, powerful life’s work you have already created. It has meant so much to so many and continues to do so.

Thank you does not begin to express my gratitude for the life’s blood you put into the creation of your music. I used to leave Who concerts so transported, so radiant that I felt ready to die right then. Nothing would ever be as precious to me as those hours of live Townshend music. God Bless You, Michelle means

Lynda grace says: November 4, 2013 at 6:46 am

I have posted @pete’s blog already.
again,…… xox Lynda Grace
Thank you for posting and checking in.
Always a delight to see you here Pere.

Cath says: November 3, 2013 at 3:40 am

Me too Pete! My brother-in-law just had a terrible fall at work and is paralyzed from the waiste down and my uncle just died. I feel blessed that my nieces will have their dad to grow up with. We surely almost lost him and my uncle did not suffer long. God works in mysterious ways. Thanks for sharing. And I haven’t told you, I SO loved your book. “Working with words on a page…”. Cath Fria in Chicago


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