Townshend has been working on this memoir for a decade-without the help of a ghostwriter. (It says something that this fact is emphasized.) Here he is as a child, raised by a mentally incapacitated grandmother as his parents led an early version of countercultural life; an adolescent, founding the forerunner of the Who with buddy Roger Daltrey; and a full-fledged rock star wrestling (as rock stars do) with drugs, sex, fame, fortune, and notoriety. With a one-day laydown on October 8 and a 400,000-copy first printing.

Long acknowledged as one of rock music's most intelligent and literary performers, Townshend--guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of The Who--at last tells his wild story in this candid and immersive autobiography.