The Who's Pete Townshend reveals debut novel

News 06/03/2019

The guitarist to The Who, Pete Townshend has announced his very first novel release, titled 'The Age of Anxiety'.

An extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity

Due to be published on 5th Nov, Townshend confirms that accompanying music is in the works for release at the same time.

 "The narrator is a brilliant creation – cultured, witty and unreliable. The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Pete Townshend’s sly sense of humour and sharp ear for dialogue.” The official publishers, Hachette Books describes the book as "a great rock novel".

"First conceived as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity," the statement continues.

On the same statement, Townshend hopes to expand the novel into an opera and art installation.

"Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel,” Townshend said. “Suddenly here I am with a completed novel ready to publish. I am an avid reader and have really enjoyed writing it. I am also happy to say the majority of the music is composed, ready to be polished up for release and performance. It’s tremendously exciting.”

Previously, Townshend had written fictional short stories in a collection book as well as 'Horse' Neck' in 1985.