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1998-03-22 – The Los Angeles Times

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(Emma's sister Aminta, 27, is
tackling the movie business and
was third assistant. director on
“The English Patient"; they also
have a brother, Joseph, 8, who
lives at home).

While Pete might not have be-
queathed her any direct musical
influence, he played a role in
Emma’s artistic development

"I don’t think he's ever advised
me musically," says Emma, whose
first music job was singing backup
vocals on her father's 1985 album
“White City—A Novel." '

“But he has definitely helped me
out by teaching me very carefully
how to use recording equipment,
things like that. He’s been very
conscientious about explaining. I
would be very surprised if there
were that many women musicians
who had as good an idea of how to
useastudioasme. . .

He also made sure that Emma
had good legal and business repre-
sentation. but beyond that he kept
his distance from her debut work.

"If we needed a drum kit, I’d ring
himandgo,‘CanIborrowadrum
kit?’ But in terms of the music, he
didn't hear it till it was completely
mixed and done."

And his reaction?

“Well of course he went, ‘Oh, I'm
tremendously proud of you' and got
a little tear in his eye."

We're talldn' about a genera-
tion.

From Chris Stills to Adam
Cohen, from the late Jeff Buckley
to Jakob Dylan, from Rufus Wain-
wright to Joachim Cooder, the
offspring of '603-rooted pop figures
are knocking more and more
loudly at the gates. Despite their
proliferation. familiarity hasn’t set
in. The second-generation hook
remains a popular one with
both the music business and the
media.

“I realize I’ve got loads more
exposure than somebody who
didn’t have a famous dad," says
Townshend, one of the few non-
Americans and non—males in the
company. “There’s absolutely no
denying that the amount of press
that I'm getting is because it’s an
interesting story. It’s got a good
angle. . . . I was reading an inter-
view with Michael Douglas the
other day, and he still gets asked
what it’s like to have Kirk Douglas
be your datl It’s not gonna go
away, is it?”

Well, no, but the inevitable as-
sumptions of nepotism or special
connections don’t hold up in Town-
shend's case. She turned down her
first record company offer 10 years
ago so she could attend university.
and her first contact with her new
record label, EastWest, came when
she met the head of the company
on the beach while on vacation in
Cornwall, England

Townshend has been writing and
recording since her teens, keeping

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