The Who‘s Pete Townshend will release his long-awaited memoir Who He? next year.
Townshend has been writing the book for over 15 years and was cautioned by police in 2003 during its writing after accessing child pornography on the internet. When questioned by police about the material he cited researching for the book as his reason for doing so.
He said back in 2003: “I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time. Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book.”
He added: “If I have any compulsions in this area, they are to face what is happening to young children in the world today and to try to deal openly with my anger and vengeance toward the mentally ill people who find paedophilic pornography attractive.”
The Who guitarist has also described the book, which will be published by Harper Collins, as a “rite of passage”. It is expected to be published in the autumn of 2012.