Top 10 Rock Star Commercial Jingles

Ultimate Classic Rock kijkt naar reclameboodschappen, opgenomen door rockbands. “Coca Cola”, de jingle die The Who opnam, staat op nummer 7.

“‘The Who Sell Out’ was pop-art rock ‘n’ roll at its finest. The fact that the band performed mock ads between songs only added to the Warhol-meets-pop notion of anything and everything is art. In fact, the band even recorded ads for Great Shakes and Coca-Cola.  Never before, or since, has the prospect of drinking a Coke sounded as menacing as it does in this super-charged bit of rock history, delivered only as the Who could

“I watch Pete Townshend buy over 30 guitars”

In zijn blog op The Hufftington Post schrijft Binky Philips over Manny’s gitaarshop in Manhattan en zijn ontmoeting met Pete in die winkel.

“I walked in and, to my shocked disbelief, Pete Townshend was standing at the back counter talking to head salesman, the truly legendary Henry Goldrich. (…)  It was the first time I’d ever seen Pete anywhere other than onstage. It’s a dull-as-dirt cliche, but, I felt like I was in a dream as I floated up to Pete and Henry, just in time to hear, with my own ears, Pete ordering (and this is verbatim… my brain recorded it!)… “Give me ten Telecasters, ten Stratocasters, five Jazzmasters, five of those Corals, three Gibson Stereo 355s…”

Henry, scribbling furiously, looked up and said, “You really ought to try the Gibson SG Special, Pete. It’s the best buy out there.” Pete chuckled ruefully…”Okay, Henry. Spend more of my money, three of them, too, then…” [Henry was right. The Gibson SG Special was the guitar Pete would use for the entire “Tommy” era, and the model guitar he threw me at the Metropolitan Opera House a few years later.]

So, it was true! Unlike the rumors I’d heard at the time that he was secretly ruining knock-off pieces of junk, Pete Townshend really was trashing copious amounts of really expensive guitars. Amusingly to me, over the years, Henry would only get mad at Pete when he wrecked high-end Gibsons

Interview met Pete over Teenage Cancer America

Samaritan Magazine heeft een interview geplaatst met Pete. In het interview praat Pete vooral over de liefdadigheidsorganisaties waar hij bij betrokken is, zoals Teenage Cancer America en Who Cares.

In America, I was present at the Washington Press Club [luncheon, Nov. 12, 2012] when Roger did his first pitch for this new charity, which I’m a patron of. I’m Roger’s sidekick [laughs]. He’s really driving it. It’s called The Who Cares. It’s Teenage Cancer America. What this is about, it’s a bit impudent of us to come over here and start lecturing Americans about the standard of their cancer care because, of course, their success rate is much, much higher than ours in the UK. However, what they don’t have is a way of treating teenagers, people between the age of 13 and 19, treating them separately from children or other young adults. What they are missing the way that those teenagers can support each other if they have special wards. And that’s pretty much it in a nutshell”

“Roger did the most incredible pitch at the Washington Press Club, which is worth going back and researching . It was moving. When it came time for me to speak, my eyes were full of tears. I couldn’t believe he was so eloquent on the subject, but he’s also passionate.
He gets down and dirty. He goes to hospitals; he visits people; he talks to young cancer patients [see video below]. And while I was in Washington, I met three kids who had treatment for brain tumors. They all very much supported what Roger said. They said that when they were in treatment, they felt lonely; they felt isolated; they felt either mixed up by the grieving moms who were worried about their babies or old people who smelt of pee. It’s a great cause