Legendary guitarist Pete Townshend to capture the madness of music industry in new novel

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The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has announced his first novel 'The Age of Anxiety'

Legendary guitarist of The Who, Pete Townshend, has announced that he is taking his first step into the literary sphere, with his first novel, ‘The Age Of Anxiety’.

Readers will delve into Townshend's “extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity”, with his take on the music industry via his crafty humour and creative mind.

"The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Townshend’s sly sense of humour and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children," said publisher Mark Booth.

He follows in the footsteps of fellow musicians, Leonard Cohen & Nick Cave, who have both had great success with their own works of fiction. I’m sure he aims to steer clear of Morrissey's poorly received attempts. Having dabbled in short stories, this will be the first, full length novel for Townshend.

10 years ago, after deciding that he will be creating a novel, opera and art installation, he is a third of the way through this journey. With the opera’s music composed and ready to be rehearsed, Pete Townshend says it is ‘tremendously exciting’ to finally share his cyclical works.

The Who collectively are also back in the studio for the first time in 13 years, working on their new studio album ahead of Wembley Stadium shows coming up in June this year. They will be supported by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs.

‘The Age Of Anxiety’ by Pete Townshend will be published in November.

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