NEW YORK — The Who’s Pete Townshend, the man who helped invent the rock opera, has written a rock novel.
Hachette Books announced the British composer-guitarist’s “The Age of Anxiety” is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Set in London, the novel takes on the torments of creativity and the music business and “deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness, and long-lost children.”
“Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel,” he said in a statement. “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 release or the art installation. Townshend, 73, has long been known for such ambitious musical projects as “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.”