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Friday, June 12, 2009

The Iron Man/Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend's 1989 album The Iron Man: The Musical was based on the book The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights, written by British poet laureate Ted Hughes and published in 1968. The story concerns a huge robot from outer space and the human boy who befriends him. The album was primarily composed and performed by Townshend, with help from his Who band mates John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey, as well as other performers, including John Lee Hooker and Nina Simone. In 1999 the book was turned into an animated movie, but the title was changed to The Iron Giant to avoid confusion with Marvel's superhero Iron Man. Townshend served as executive producer on the film. The book is currently available under the title The Iron Giant. In 1993, Hughes wrote a sequel called The Iron Woman.

Submitted by Stephen Hughes (no relation to Ted)

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