Pete on BBC Radio 4

Alan athena at
Wed Oct 21 19:40:29 UTC 2009

An extremly rare delurk...

There was a brief preview of the program listed below during the news on
Radio 4 this evening.
Not sure if it can be heard outside the UK, but may be of interest to
someone on the list.



Baroque and Roll: Townshend on Purcell

Tuesday 27 October
1:30pm - 2:00pm
BBC Radio 4

The Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend talks about the band's
career and reveals the influence on his songwriting of Baroque composer
Henry Purcell. When Pete was a struggling 20-year-old musician he was
turned on to Purcell by his manager, Kit Lambert. It was Kit's
recommendation of Purcell's Gordian Knot Untied that struck the loudest
chord with Pete, awakening him to a lineage in English music that seemed
strangely familiar. Immersing himself in the music, he soon set about
writing The Who's first album. Pete reveals how he drew on Purcell's
dramatic genius for his most intriguing compositions. From his first
mini-rock opera to his masterpiece, Tommy, and from his enduring Lifehouse
project through to his current musical endeavour, there has always been a
Purcellian presence.

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