The Who guitarist Pete Townshend announced that his first novel, The Age of Anxiety, will be published on Nov. 5. He also said music connected with the story was being prepared for release.

Publishers Hachette Books calls The Age Of Anxiety “a great rock novel” in a statement. “But that is one of the less important things about it,” it noted. “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 humor and sharp ear for dialogue.”

The Age of Anxiety follows two London families over two generations and the trial and tribulations of their lives. It started as an opera and explores “mythic and operatic themes,” including “a maze, divine madness and long-lost children.” The statement added that the book could be read as “an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.”

The Who also recently confirmed a North American orchestral tour running from May to October.

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


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