Pete Townshend shares on video several firsts from his long life

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The Who guitarist recalls first hearing the Beatles, watching Jimi Hendrix and coming to America – With Jimi, I didn’t have any envy. I never had any sense that I could ever come close. I remember feeling quite sorry for Eric, who thought that he might actually be able to emulate Jimi.

I also felt sorry that he should think that he needed to. Because I thought Eric was wonderful anyway. Perhaps I make assumptions here that I shouldn’t, but it’s true. Once — I think it was at a gig Jimi played at the Scotch of St. James [in London]— Eric and I found ourselves holding each other’s hands. You know, what we were watching was so profoundly powerful.

 

 

I feel sad for people who have to judge Jimi Hendrix on the basis of recordings and film alone; because in the flesh he was so extraordinary. He had a kind of alchemist’s ability; when he was on the stage, he changed. He physically changed.

 

I met Paul McCartney and his girlfriend, surprisingly beautiful, the actress Jane Asher to the Indica Bookshop. Georgen Harrison came a little ‘later with his girlfriend Pattie Boyd. I met Paul back to the Bag O ‘Nails Soho where Jimi Hendrix was celebrating his return to the city.

 Mick Jagger was there with Marianne Faithfull He stood for a while ‘then he went recklessly leaving alone Marianne Faithful, his girlfriend at the time. At the end of shocking performances Jimi came over and as they danced, it was clear that Marianne had fallen victim of the shaman sparks, when Mick returned to resume it is certainly asked what they were combining the two. Jimi eventually broke the tension, he kissed on hands Marianne and apologizing joined Paul and me. Mal Evans, the Beatles’ roadie, said “They exchanged phone numbers, Pete.”

He was dusty — he had cobwebs and dust all over him. He was a very unremarkable-looking guy with an old military jacket on that was pretty dirty. It looked like he’d maybe slept in it a few nights running. When he would walk toward the stage, nobody would really take much notice of him. But when he walked off, I saw him walk up to some of the most covetable women in the world. Hendrix would snap his fingers, and they followed him. Onstage, he was very erotic as well. To a man watching, he was erotic like Mick Jagger is erotic. It wasn’t ”

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With Jimi, I didn’t have any envy. I never had any sense that I could ever come close. I remember feeling quite sorry for Eric, who thought that he might actually be able to emulate Jimi. I also felt sorry that he should think that he needed to. Because I thought Eric was wonderful anyway. Perhaps I make assumptions here that I shouldn’t, but it’s true. Once — I think it was at a gig Jimi played at the Scotch of St. James [in London]— Eric and I found ourselves holding each other’s hands. You know, what we were watching was so profoundly powerful.

 

ON JUNE 18 1967, The Who brought what Rolling Stone called their “pulverising music” to the Monterey International Pop Music Festival at the Monterey County fairground, California. Among the festival’s organisers were John Phillips of the harmony group The Mamas And The Papas and The Beatles’ press officer Derek Taylor. “Jimi was playing Sgt. Pepper on his guitar,” said Daltrey.

“But, and this was the amazing thing, he was playing all the parts. He would go from a bit of orchestration, to a vocal part, to a solo – the whole thing on one guitar.” The others stood and watched, accompanying Hendrix by beating out a rhythm on anything close to hand. Pete Townshend recalled arguing with Hendrix about who would go on first, as neither wanted to follow the other. At one point Hendrix stood on a stool in front of Townshend to show off on the guitar, as if to say, “Don’t fuck with me, you little shit.” In the end, John Phillips suggested they toss a coin. Townshend won. ater, Brian Jones introduced Jimi Hendrix as “the most exciting guitarist I’ve ever heard”. Townshend watched Hendrix’s set with Mama Cass: “He started doing this stuff with his guitar. She turned around to me, and said to me, ‘He’s stealing your act.’ And I said, ‘No, he’s doing my act”.

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