Liz Kershaw's Legends In Their Own Lunchtime -- Pete Townshend
BBC Radio 6 Music
11 April 2021
Starts from: 16:52
Liz: So, what made you want to be a musician? Someone wants to be musicians because they want to be famous […] and they want to pull the girls[…] What's your motivation when you teamed up with John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey to make your first record?
Pete: I think all of those ambitions are fine. They just aren't mine at all. I don't feel it's wrong to have a dream, to have a good life, to have fun, to make music, to be famous and even to be rich. There is nothing wrong with that. But for me, it was when I was eleven, twelve, and thirteen, I was still in bad shape from my childhood and I was telling a lot of stories, I was making up a lot of things. I was very insecure. Some of my more forward friends at school were getting together with girls and I felt very much left behind. And I discovered that if I played the guitar, I suddenly fitted in. The guitar was a new invention back in those days. You know, there was Lonnie Donegan and a few people like that playing skiffle, which got on the TV a couple of times. And if you could play the guitar, you were accepted. So from that moment, and of course, you know, I was a good guitar player. I started to get good at it really quickly, quicker than a lot of my friends. John Entwistle was very good as well and we had our first band when we were eleven or twelve and we played Trad Jazz. But when Roger, who was a … you know I call him a school bully, but he wasn't really a bully, he was just REALLY REALLY tough.
Liz: Was he cocky?
Pete: You know, I don't think so. He was quite quiet; he was a year above me at school but he wandered off of school. And one day, he went back to the school to ask me if I would join his band. I thought, well, you know, if I joined his band, nobody would ever hit me! And nobody ever did it, except him [big laugh].