ON ITS WAY TO THE TRUTH
With The Who I felt I had a chance to make music that would become a part of people's lives. Even more than the way we dressed, our music would give voice to what we all needed to express — as a group, as a gang, as a fellowship, as a secret society, as subversives.
I saw pop artists as mirrors of their audience, developing ways to reflect and speak truth without fear.
Still, I was more certain then of the medium than the message. Surely, God help us all, we weren't just going to write songs about falling in love, or hopeless longing? What was it, then, that needed to be said?
I had found a new sound. Now I needed the words.
WHO I AM, pp. 64-65
2012 © Pete Townshend