Pete Townshend Novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ Due Out in November


The rock novel will probably be launched by Hachette Books.

The Who’s Pete Townshend, the person who helped invent the rock opera, has now written a rock novel.

Hachette Books introduced Tuesday (March 5) that the British composer-guitarist’s The Age of Anxiety was scheduled for Nov. 5. Set in London, the novel takes on the torments of creativity and the music enterprise and “offers with mythic and operatic themes together with a maze, divine insanity, and long-lost kids.”

In an announcement issued via his writer, Townshend mentioned he hopes to increase the story into an opera and artwork set up.

“Ten years in the past I made a decision to create a magnum opus that will mix opera, artwork set up and novel,” he mentioned. “Suddenly right here I'm with a accomplished novel able to publish. I'm an avid reader and have actually loved writing it. I'm additionally completely happy to say nearly all of the music consists, able to be polished up for launch and efficiency. It’s tremendously thrilling.”

No dates have been set for the music’s launch or for the artwork set up.

Townshend, 73, has lengthy been recognized for such formidable musical initiatives as Tommy and Quadrophenia. He additionally has longstanding connections to the literary world. He has labored as an editor on the publishing home Faber & Faber, which in 1985 revealed his story assortment Horse’s Neck. In the 1990s, he tailored poet Ted Hughes’ kids’s e-book Iron Man for a rock musical.

Townshend, who additionally revealed the memoir Who I Am, isn’t the primary rock star to jot down fiction. Others embody Ray Davies, Morrissey and Nick Cave.