Roger Daltrey Prepping His Memoir, Pete Townshend Gets The Acting Bug

Roger Daltrey is rock’s latest budding author with the announcement that he’ll publish his autobiography in the fall of 2018 via Henry Holt and Co. in North America and Blink Publishing in the UK. posted a statement from the Who frontman explaining, “It’s great that I’ve found a young, enthusiastic publisher, an upstart in the world of books, to publish my story. It feels like the right fit. I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir,’ but now, finally, I feel I’ve enough perspective. When you’ve spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like the Who, perspective can be a problem. Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I’m on the factory floor in Shepherd’s Bush, the next, I’m headlining Woodstock.” Pete Townshend finally published his autobiography, Who I Am, in 2012 via Harper Collins.

Daltrey, who’s now 73, been married for over 45 years, and is the father of five, went on to say, “It’s taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon‘s 21st birthday. I hope the result is more than just another autobiography. I’ve been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I’ve witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I’m still here to tell my tale when so many others around me didn’t make it is nothing short of a miracle.” No title or hard street date for the memoir has been revealed.

  • Roger Daltrey was asked, if rather than be beholden to Pete Townshend to always deliver the goods — why he doesn’t try writing a new Who album for the band: “Well, I do try writing songs. But every time I do. . . they’re just not up to (the Who’s standard) — he set such a high bar. Y’know, one genius is enough in a band.”
  • The Seeker album will be released in 2018, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring Pete Townshend as the Ferryman.
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