January 13, 2003

Something deep down inside compels me to respond to the story about Pete Townshend's arrest for suspicion of possessing child porn. Maybe it red-flags me as a Townshend apologist, but his explanation suits me just fine. His work (no, his devotion) to charities which benefit children is remarkable. Most of the proceeds of his recent solo albums and tours go to children's charities.

Anyone who has spent more than five minutes listening to the music of this man should see that he's deeply introspective. If there are spectres of his past that he needs to deal with, to overcome, then I think that's his business. He's beaten drug addiction, overcome alcoholism and suicide, explored bisexuality, watched his closest friends die, all through his music, all in the naked eye of the public.

You at home can easily decide what's right
By glancing very briefly at the songs I write.

What do I think? It's not for me to say. His music has inspired me, nurtured me, tore me down and built me back up. I'm a different man because of him. What do I think? He's still every bit the man I admired yesterday. Nothing has changed.

Posted by pinkerton at January 13, 2003 11:35 PM