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The Age of Anxiety: A Novel

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In his debut novel, rock legend Pete Townshend 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.
A former rock star disappears on the Cumberland moors. When his wife finds him, she discovers he has become a hermit and a painter of apocalyptic visions.

An art de
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Dave
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Rocker Pete Townshend wrote this novel. But, it's nothing like you'd expect and is an absolutely awesome meditation on music, art, love, madness, witchcraft, and sexuality. It's more of a character study than a traditional storytelling novel. Think of a narrator slowly and gingerly peeling away the many layers of his life and discovering as the reader discovers what his life has been about. Where does madness end and creativity begin? Where does love end and jealousy and possessiveness begi ...more
Kristine
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The Age of Anxiety by Pete Townshend is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late October.

Ahh, beloved Pete, who I, at risk of taunting from my friends, favor greater than Roger Daughtry. It's kind of written like a monologued confessionary screenplay of Louis, an art dealer who is good at most things and knows a lot of interesting people, including his burgeoning-on-world-famous musician godson, Walter. It’s natural to try and squint to figure the guise of perhaps autobiographical characters
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Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
Pete Townshend is part of the biggest rock band to ever grace this earth. The Who. If you are of a certain age, you will remember them well, but still today their rock anthems are used in advertisements and as the theme tune to one of my favourite crime shows, CSI.

Pete is what some may call a manic genius. He sold millions of records and held stadium concerts packed with thousands of people, he is also the mastermind behind Tommy and Quadrophenia. However, it all went south in 2003 w
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Lisa Marsh
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a review copy. This book comes out tomorrow (11/4) and I got it because I have friends in high places 😉😉 (lol). For those of you who are fans of The Who and Pete Townshend, you will enjoy this and the musical event it will hopefully become. Read no further.
If you're a reader, keep going... There are two men at the center of this story -- the narrator, an older art dealer, and his godson, a tortured musician/landscape artist. Then it gets complicated -- there are band mates, wives,
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Cristie Underwood
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Usually when famous actors or singers write novels, I find myself forcing myself to get through them. Pete Townshend is the exception, as this book was a mixture of weirdness that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I hope to read more from him in the future.
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I didn’t buy this because I thought I’d like the story or the writing. I bought it because I’m hoping it will enhance my appreciation of Who (or whatever the next album is called). There is some precedent. I’d loved the White City album for years, but it wasn’t until I the script of its companion “novel,” that I understood what half the songs were about. Age of Anxiety is almost certainly meant to be seen as another facet of the Lifehouse/Boy Who Heard Music concept, but its narrator shares even ...more
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Pete Townshend (born Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and writer.

Townshend made his name as the guitarist and principal songwriter for rock band The Who. His career with them spans more than 40 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all tim
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