The Who’s Pete Townshend Announces Debut Novel, ‘The Age Of Anxiety’, Due Out In November
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has announced his debut novel, The Age of Anxiety, due out on November 5th, 2019 via Hachette Book Group. Although the project marks Townshend’s fictional debut, the accomplished artist has released a series of short stories in the past, as well as a memoir in 2012 titled Who I Am.The forthcoming novel is said to “explore the anxiety of modern life and madness in a story that stretches across two generations of a London family, their lovers, collaborators, and friends.”Townshend issued a statement through his publisher and added that he hopes to expand the story into an opera and art installation, explaining:Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel,” he 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.No dates have been set for the music’s release or for the art installation.In January, The Who officially announced their 2019 North American Moving On! Tour, which comes in support of the band’s forthcoming 13th studio album, marking their first release since 2006’s Endless Wire. According to Townshend, he initially refused the offer to tour with The Who unless there was an album paired with it. “I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material,” Townshend told Rolling Stone in an extended feature about their 2019 plans. “This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that The Who need a new album. It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.”Head here for more information on Townshend’s upcoming novel and to place a pre-order.