Starting a thread in the Music forums about Pete's new book. Rationale for starting a thread here rather than in General Discussions: The Age of Anxiety is apparently part of a larger project that will include possibly an art installation, musical and solo album from Pete. Hopefully, when (if?) that material is released the discussion can continue here, trying to figure out what Pete was on about. OK, so I just finished it and was interested to hear what others thought of it. While I'm trying to stick to more of Pete's intent in what he was saying, and not my own opinion of the book as a whole, I will say I was most interested in the characters of Ray and Walter and all that creative madness stuff. I thought this was going to be the main thrust of the book - the mystical creation of music, where it comes from, and the price one has to pay for it. I thought we were going explore the price of tapping into a great creative force in order to get great art and seeing if it was worth it. I think that is part of what he might have been going for? I really do no understand the kind of left turn it takes midway with it's concern for 'who's ****ing who.' It seemed to dissolve into some kind of English mannered soap opera. In the end what started for me as a great parable about creativity, ended with a kind of tacked on moral of "Forgive these beautiful crazy bitches. they may be nuts, but in the end what they do is for our own good and the good of all humanity" It left me with a weird aftertaste that Pete himself is trying to justify his partner's crazy behavior. I know he was trying to get at more --- the whole falling in love with the one you love's daughter (daughter by another man) bit with Maud and Floss and probably Walter and the roadie---but besides a kind of being in love more with a spirit than an individual person, I can't seem to figure this out. It seems like there are at least two separate stories that are tied together awkwardly. I will most likely read it again someday and am really interested to hear the music that comes from all this. Any one else read it?