The Who’s Pete Townshend announces debut novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety’

It captures "the craziness of the music business"

Pete Townshend has revealed the details of his debut novel due for a worldwide release on November 5, 2019.

The Who’s lead guitarist, who is a published author of short stories as well as a 2012 autobiography, is writing rock novel called The Age of Anxiety.

Publisher Mark Booth has acquired English-language rights for the book, which is described 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 book “explores the anxiety of modern life and madness in a story that stretches across two generations of a London family, their lovers, collaborators, and friends.” An opera version of the novel is currently in development with an album and art installation to follow it.

Townshend has spoken previously of his ambitions to create works that span multiple creative mediums.

In a statement, 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. 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 recently announced their intention to release a new album later this year, with the news attached to confirmation of a North American arena tour.


The upcoming new record will be the veteran band’s first since 2006’s ‘Endless Wire’. That record ended a 24-year wait for a full LP following 1982’s ‘It’s Hard’.

The band will also play London’s Wembley Stadium on July 6 with support from Kaiser Chiefs and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.