This just in from Blighty: Your iPod may be hazardous to your health.
Pete Townshend lead guitarist for The Who tells The Times of London that he’s been unable to complete recording sessions for a new album because of the irreparable hearing loss he suffered listening to ear-splitting rock.
Said Townsend, “I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal proponents deaf.”
But there’s a catch.
According to the Times, “Townshend said that excessive volume at the group’s explosive concerts was not the cause. He blamed the earsplitting sounds emitted through studio headphones during years of recording. He warned the users of iPod headphones: “My intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead. The downside [to downloading] . . . may be that we use earphones at almost every stage of interaction with sound.”
Now, listen. I love The Who. Their logo was scrawled on virtually every Mead three-ring binder I had throughout high school. But given the fact that the band actually held the Guiness World Record for loudest concert ever (May 31, 1976 – London), I’d say the deafness might have been playing that there rock ‘n roll music, too.
Roll over Beethoven, and tell Steve Jobs the news.