Wed, 6 November 2019

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

An Evening with Pete Townshend

In Conversation with Mariella Frostrup


Central Hall

Storey's Gate, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH

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On the eve of the launch of his latest artistic tour de force, join the legendary leader of The Who for a night celebrating a life of rebellion, musical genius and rock’n’roll excess.

He is unquestionably one of the greatest guitarists of his generation and one of the most influential musicians rock’n’roll has ever known. He invented the concept album; sold 100 million records; and wrote many of the most iconic songs of all time. From Tommy to Quadraphenia, My Generation to Can’t Explain, to being the first rock star to break his guitar on-stage and the pioneer of guitar feedback, his unbridled, multi-instrumental brilliance has earned him the adoration of millions of fans across the globe.

Now, for one night only, Pete Townshend joins the How To Academy to delve a lifetime of incredible exploits with The Who and beyond, exploring the forces that have driven his latest artistic project, The Age of Anxiety – simultaneously a novel and a rock opera about passion and ambition, good drugs and bad drugs, and loves lost and found. It’s an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity from a man who knows more about those themes than almost anyone alive.