Utopia Avenue

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  1. cravenmonket

    cravenmonket Tele-Holic

    Sep 17, 2012
    Northern California
    Just finished this - David Mitchell's latest novel. Some of you chaps might enjoy it.

    I read Cloud Atlas a few years ago and that novel is a powerhouse; Utopia Avenue isn't, but the subject matter was too tempting to resist, so I stuck with it despite the prose not being up to his usual high standard.

    It's the story of the birth, rise, and untimely end of psychedelic folk-rock band from England in the late 60s. The story is fun, if rather predictable, but what makes the novel a good read are the cameos from just about every notable 60s folk and rock musician. Too many to list, but there are nice scenes I can recall with Sandy Denny, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Davy Graham, David Bowie, Bryan Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Jon Fogarty and many more.

    Don't expect high-art, but it's a decent read, and compelling enough if you're into the music of that era (or lived through it).
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