Pete Townshend: 'Who I Am' Memoir Was Easy To Write Thanks To Booze

10/09/2012 01:51 pm ET | Updated Oct 10, 2012

The Who songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend sat down with comedian Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" to talk about his new memoir, "Who I Am."

Stewart skipped discussing the darker chapters of Townshend's life -- including childhood sexual abuse and a 2003 accusation of accessing child pornography, which made him a registered sex offender -- to talk about his writing process, especially in light of his heavy participation in that holy rock trifecta: sex, drugs and rock and roll.

"This book... is very thick," Stewart deadpans. "How hard is it for a rock star who has lived the life that you have lived to remember this? And how much of this do you believe really happened?"

Townshend response: "My memory is really good, especially when I drank a lot."

To hear more about just how Townshend pieced together the hazier moments of The Who's tour dates, watch the video above, and to see part two of the interview -- where Townshend shares how post 50s influence his songwriting process today, visit "The Daily Show."

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, the title of Pete Townshend's book was listed incorrectly as "Who Am I." It is titled "Who I Am."

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