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Utopia Avenue


Utopia Avenue

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Title: Utopia Avenue
Author: David Mitchell
Publication date: 14/07/2019
Imprint: SCEPTRE
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9781444799439

The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, ‘one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country’ (Independent.
Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.
This is the story of Utopia Avenue’s brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker – a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, madness and grief; of stardom’s wobbly ladder and fame’s Faustian pact; and of the collision between idealism and reality as the Sixties drew to a close. Above all, this breathtaking novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul.

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Weight 300 g

1 review for Utopia Avenue

  1. Hedley’s Books

    The best-selling author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks turns his attention to the heady days of music in the late 1960s. The title is the name of a band of disparate characters put together by an ambitious young manager. It describes their personal struggles, brief rise to fame and ultimate decline. Mitchell’s love and knowledge of music clearly shines through, particularly in respect to the band dynamics. Anyone who survived the sixties and still carries the songs in their heads will love this novel.
    – Steve

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