Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue

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Utopia Avenue may be the most extraordinary British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967 and fronted by folksinger Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the Top 10; to Amsterdam, Rome and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968. David Mitchell's new novel is the story of Utopia Avenue and its age; of riots in the street and revolutions in the head; of drugs and thugs, schizophrenia, love, sex, grief, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don't; of fame's Faustian pact and stardom's wobbly ladder. Do we change the world or does the world change us? Utopia means 'nowhere' but might it be somewhere, if only we knew how to look?
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2020
ISBN: 9780345809810
Branch Call Number: MIT
Characteristics: 574 pages ; 25 cm

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Utopia Avenue may be the most extraordinary British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the Top 10; to Amsterdam, Rom... Read More »


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sarahlopez606
May 25, 2021

Forgot about, did not finish

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SoHum
Jan 12, 2021

Really outstanding book. Great characters and story. Extra fun in you remember the spirit of the 60's . Just a touch of fantasy.

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volare
Dec 31, 2020

My first David Mitchell experience and I will try more. I liked this book but did not love it. I especially liked how he wove in the story of Jasper's mental health issues. It is important for people to be made aware that there are people among us who need our help, patience, and kindness. 1960s music fans will get a charge from all the cameo appearances by various rock legends.

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EmilyEm
Aug 01, 2020

Four twenty-something musicians—3 men and a woman—form an eclectic rock band Utopia Avenue in 1967 London, playing early gigs in rowdy venues, rehearsing and writing songs reflecting their life’s experience and coming of age. They reach the cusp of stardom when they travel to New York City and San Francisco while mingling with some of rock’s all-time greats.

Mitchell’s book is an ode to rock & roll in those heady days following the Summer of Love in 1967 and the political turmoil of 1968, my own awakening as a young person to a world beyond my family and where I lived. His characters are well-developed with each trading parts in the story, as chapters center on circumstances that result in songs in their repertoire. And, it wouldn’t be a Mitchell book without reference to an earlier one. Always fun.

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