Pete Townshend, The Who

Pete Townshend, The Who

Pete Townshend on His New Novel ‘The Age of Anxiety’ and the Who’s Future Plans

Pete Townshend on his new novel 'The Age of Anxiety' and the Who's future plans


Pete Townshend on his new novel 'The Age of Anxiety' and the Who's future plans

“I wanted to write a book where the female characters were as strong as the men,” says Townshend. “I also wanted them to be really authentic”

The book was largely finished before the beginning of the #MeToo movement, but Townshend doesn’t think it reads differently in this new era. “This isn’t about celebrities or powerful men having sex with younger women,” he says. “It’s about rape, at least that’s one of the strands, and the insinuation of rape. It’s about the possibility of it when people are at a wedding, they take drugs, they get smashed and they have sex. Who is responsible if both people are smashed?”

He continues: “But in fact the book is about music and it is about sex. There are people in this book that actually have sex. Now isn’t that bizarre? And it’s about rock & roll. So, hey, sex and rock & roll? Where are the drugs? The drugs are there too! Because, lets face it, everyone in the world has sex. Everyone knows what rock & roll is. And everybody takes drugs.

Townshend has been busy gigging with the Who throughout much of the year, but now that the group is on break until March 2020, he’s beginning to think about the next step in the saga he began with

His time window to get all this together is rather limited since the Who are playing all through England in March and April before heading back to America to make up a handful of dates they postponed this year due to Roger Daltrey’s vocal issues. “We were hoping to tour in [mainland] Europe in June,” says Townshend. “That’s not going to be possible for various reasons, mainly for Roger’s need for vocal rest. So we’re probably going to push that [European tour] back to September.”

), which comes out December 6th. They’ve been playing two songs from it on tour. “We’ll probably try to include a few new songs [next year] from the album, but maybe not,” he says. “I don’t know. We don’t have much time to build that.”

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