Pete Townshend 11/7/19

Pete Townshend says he’s feeling fully satisfied creatively. The Who leader, who recently wrapped the band’s first orchestral tour with Roger Daltrey, has just published his first novel, titled, The Age Of Anxiety, with the band’s new album, titled, WHO, due out on December 6th.

In a blog post on TheWho.com Townshend revealed his state of mind while all these new projects come to fruition: “The good thing is that I am so pleased and proud about the first responses to both projects. There will be less enthusiastic reviews of course, but I have worked very hard to make both projects as good as they can be, so I’m really pushing at the peak of my creative ability. That said, one thing every creative project needs is time, and I’ve been so lucky to be able to afford to take as much time as I needed on both the book and writing and making demos of the songs for the Who album.”

On wrapping the Who’s 2019 “Moving On!” tour dates, Townshend admitted: “The tour was an easy one, I find working with the orchestra makes my job clearer, and I know exactly where I can break out. The show passes quickly too. Roger’s been great. Audiences have been amazing of course. Thanks so much for going to so much trouble to get to see us. I occasionally go out to see shows and I know how much it costs, and how much time it takes to do. . . Being away for 65 days in my case has been hard, and it’s so good to come back and see our four dogs and sleep in my own bed.”

Pete Townshend told us that unlike today, where he specifically writes for himself or a new pre-planned project, in the past he never focused on who would perform his material, choosing to just let the inspiration be his guide: [“What used to happen was that I used to write, irrespective of whether I was going to sing the song or that the Who were going to sing the song — or to be honest, if someone came along to me one day. . . Y’know, if Paul Simon, or Sting, or Paul McCartney, or the Stones or something, said, y’know, ‘Have you got a song?’ Y’know, I gladly would’ve written for anybody else, it’s just that nobody asked me.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . nobody asked me)

TL; DR

  • Pete Townshend posted a message to fans on his blog on TheWho.com and discussed his just-published novel The Age Of Anxiety and the Who’s new album WHO, due out on December 6th.
  • Townshend wrote: “The good thing is that I am so pleased and proud about the first responses to both projects. There will be less enthusiastic reviews of course, but I have worked very hard to make both projects as good as they can be, so I’m really pushing at the peak of my creative ability.”

FAST FACTS

  • A description of Pete Townshend‘s new book was posted on TheWho.com, which read: “The Age Of Anxiety is a great rock novel, but that is one of the less important things about it. 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 humour and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, The Age Of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.”