Pete Townshend Wrote a Novel and May Turn It Into an Opera

The Who also continue working on a new album

March 5, 2019
Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who performs

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At age 73, Pete Townshend is as ambitious as ever. The legendary guitarist of The Who has written a rock novel called The Age of Anxiety. The publisher says it captures the craziness of the music business and deals with themes including divine madness and long-lost children.

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"Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel," Townshend 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."

Meanwhile, The Who continue their work on a new album as they prepare for a U.S. tour. Townshend, Roger Daltry and company are back in the studio in London. Check out some behind the scenes footage of the recording process from Townshend’s vlog below.