That reliably cantankerous walking twitch of one-liners, the Dean of something-or-other, Robert Christgau (who, perhaps in spite of himself and perhaps as a branding exercise, is always smiling in his photos), holds forth regarding the memoir of another perennial crabmeister, Pete Townshend, for The New York Times. Music writing fans (nerds) will recognize this voice…

With over 500 pages of text subdivided (by my hand count) into something over 380 sections that seldom exceed two or three pages, the book hops along indefatigably, gathering explanatory mojo only by accrual, even as to his Who bandmates and his long-suffering wife, Karen. There are so many studios! So many yachts! So many enticing beauties! He loves every one of them! But why, exactly? Even when we glimpse the answer, we forget it 20 pages later.

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