Pete Townsend, lead guitarist with The Who has just revealed the details of his debut novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety ‘.
The book described by its publisher Mark Booth as “a great rock novel that “captures the craziness of the music business” through the eyes of a narrator who is, “cultured, witty and unreliable.” The story spans across the lives of two generations of a family living in London.
An opera version of the novel is also currently in development with an album and art installation to follow. Townsend has spoken of his ambitions to create works that span multiple creative mediums.
In a statement via the NME, the musician said: “Ten years ago, I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel. Suddenly here I am with a completed novel ready to publish.”
The axeman has published a number of short stories as well as an autobiography in the past. Townsend spoke of his joy for the written word:
“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.”
Meanwhile, The Who have announced their plan to do an American arena tour and release a new album later in the year. It will be the band’s first since ‘Endless Wire’ back in 2006. ‘The Age of Anxiety’ is due for a worldwide release on November 5th, 2019.
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