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Pete Townshend Goes Acoustic on 'Won't Get Fooled Again'
The Who rocker plays hit, discusses new autobiography

On October 9th, The Who's Pete Townshend sat down with Rolling Stone head honcho Jann Wenner for a chat about the legendary guitarist's revealing new autobiography, Who I Am. You can watch the full discussion above – and stay tuned until the end, when the rocker kicks into the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." It's quite a sight: Townshend breaks out an acoustic guitar for an unplugged rendition of the classic cut, his voice ragged but strong and his strumming so furious, he seems ready to bust out a windmill at any moment.

"The kind of book I wanted to write would be more like war journalism, a war biography – I have survived," Townshend explains. "I think what I wanted to write about was about the way that the post-war period in the U.K. set up this atmosphere, this set of conditions, that was exactly right for when we discovered R&B."

Be sure to check out our report from the night's festivities, as well as our review of Who I Am, which Rob Sheffield calls "intensely intimate, candid to the point of self-lacerating. It's a rock god opening up his most human frailties."


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