By John Curley
In the two-part BBC Radio 2 special Pete Townshend: Before I Get Old, The Who’s guitarist and chief songwriter tells his own story. The first part, which was broadcast on Tuesday, August 23rd and is now available for on-demand listening, starts with Townshend’s childhood and covers how he began in music, The Who’s Mod years, and concludes with the Tommy era, including the band’s legendary appearance at Woodstock. It’s a fascinating listen, and is enhanced by Townshend’s self-deprecating sense of humor.
The first part is 60 minutes in length and can be heard by going to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013dscr and clicking the “Listen now” audio link. It is available for on-demand listening for six more days from today (Wednesday, August 24th).
The second part will be broadcast next Tuesday, August 30th at 10 p.m. BST (5 p.m. Eastern in the United States.) It will also be 60 minutes in length and will be available for on-demand listening for seven days after its broadcast by going to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013wt4k and clicking on the “Listen now” audio link that will be on the page after the broadcast next Tuesday.