The Who Mailing List Digest, V11 #220

Tom Fency tomfency at
Thu Aug 5 18:48:17 CDT 2004

Yeah, David Townshend, you're absolutely right. You, ahnr (excuse me), Pete 
Huntington is not a teacher, mentor, or spiritual guide. You, sorry, He is a 
man who writes and performs music for a living, following his muse and 
writing what can fulfill him. Pete, as many in his time, was interested in 
mystic stuff, UFO, and so on, and then discovered MeherBaba, read His books, 
and found something deeper in his (Pete's) heart. Based on that, created 
Tommy, a dude deprived of all external senses making his amazing/spiritual 
journey through the vibrations around him. And then became a Messiah to his 
audience, although he couldn't be that one, simply because he is only a 
guitarist/musician with a bunch of good ideas. But, BUT, his music opened 
that magical door to everyone who listen to it, because is a charmed music, 
do you know that? You are a Spiritual Wizard, even if you don't wanna be 
like one. Live with that, or retire forever.


>From: David Huntington <huntington at>
>Reply-To: The Who Mailing List <thewho at>
>To: <thewho at>
>Subject: Re: The Who Mailing List Digest, V11 #220
>Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 11:08:25 -0400
>On 8/5/04 8:24 AM, "The Who Mailing List Digest" <thewho-request at>
> > Does anyone
> > think he may feel forced into the position of spiritual leader?
>In short, yes. The messianic themes in Tommy would appear to come from
>Pete's own frustrations at discovering that through his own artistic
>expression, he now meant something to his audience that he doubted he could
>personally deliver on.
>Deprived of all external senses, Tommy was able to make his spiritual
>journey through the vibrations around him. (There's that vibration thing
>again) Likewise, away from the demands of his fans (the external senses),
>Pete was/is also able to more fully follow his muse and write what fulfills
>I think this in part may explain Pete's ongoing frustration with The Who. 
>an avenue for his music, he may have felt yoked into being what we all
>expect of the band. It's all there in WBN.
>Now, he seems to be more at ease playing this music, and apparently,
>recording with Roger. This could either be a yielding to the inevitable
>market success of performing as The Who. Or it could be yielding to the
>realization that his music just sounds better this way. At least to most of
>us fans.
>To this day though, what The Who has "meant" to fans is still a yoke on 
>they might try to do as an aging active band. There were such strong
>feelings that were invoked in their presentation earlier in their career 
>an incessant desire to not let go of them. And this appears to be the
>artist's trap if their art does indeed ignite the emotions of its fans.
>Dylan may even be a more naked example of this. His fans have often sought
>to understand the man who did this to them. He has been a slippery fish for
>them, referring them back to the music itself and begging to be left alone.
>(Please accept this as the generalization that it is.)
>So as we debate Pete's relative spiritual quest, we are ultimately only 
>with interviews and recorded music. Does anyone here claim to have had a
>conversation with the man on it?
>I personally tried to reach out to Pete once by engaging him with my take 
>one of his stories. He ultimately rebuffed me. Alas, he is not a teacher,
>mentor, or spiritual guide. He is a man who writes and performs music for a
>living. And does a damn good job of it most of the time.
>I won't forsake him, rape him or forget him. He hasn't let me down because 
>don't expect more than I get.
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