Pete Townshend – By the Book –


You once worked as an acquisitions editor at the British publisher, Faber & Faber. Do you miss anything about that job?

Are you kidding? That was the best job I ever had. I had lunch with the old chairman, Matthew Evans, this week, and we both went dewy-eyed about the old days. He’s in the House of Lords trying to stay awake, and I’m pounding stages like an aging clown. I loved the way the Faber editorial committee was driven as much by gossip and rumor as ideas. It was fun. Not what you expect in such an esteemed publishing house.

via Pete Townshend – By the Book –

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  1. November 2, 2014

    Always liked Townshend. And this was an interesting insight into the man. You have a great blog, Vickie. Am going to check out your first novel!

    • November 2, 2014

      Jon James! You are a darling. I just watched Seth H. Mosely’s account of his run-in with Garbo…and the book is out December 8th! Shall I email you at the address associated with this comment? Would love to feature “Garbo’s Last Stand” on Beguiling.

      • November 2, 2014

        Hi Vickie, So excited that you checked out my site. I would love if you featured my debut novel on your amazing site. And congratulations on your first novel – I can’t wait to read it! You can email me at… Thanks, Jon James

  2. George Kaplan
    November 2, 2014

    “Pounding stages like an aging clown”, hilarious. Roger certainly had the hair of one early Seventies (a clown that is!)!
    @iheartingrid: Good fortune with your novel.

    • November 3, 2014

      I want to read Mr. Townshend’s autobiography now, I had no idea he worked in publishing…

  3. November 3, 2014

    Old clown! I love The Who and Pete Townsend. However, I often wonder if it feels “unseemly” up there on stage now.

    • November 3, 2014

      Oh, I bet it’s still a rush to be on stage at any age 😉 .

  4. November 8, 2014

    He looks a bit like Marwood in that photo…

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