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Crookston Public Library MIT (Text) 33500013275474 New Checked out 12/11/2020
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  • ISBN: 1101923202
  • ISBN: 9781101923207
  • ISBN: 9780812997446
  • ISBN: 0812997433
  • ISBN: 9780812997439
  • Physical Description: 574 pages ; 25 cm
    sound disc
  • Edition: First U. S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Soho, London, 1967. Folk-rock-psychedelic quartet Utopia Avenue is formed. Guitarist Jasper de Zoet, a shy, half-Dutch public-school musical prodigy, was hearing voices long before he dropped acid. Keyboardist Elf Holloway must defy the prejudices of her bank manager father, her housewife mother, and her age to forge her own career. Bassist Dean Moss cannot, will not, spend his life on the factory floor like everyone else in Gravesend. Band manager Levon Frankland--gay, Jewish, and Canadian--is not unduly burdened by conscience. The drummer is a drummer. Over two years and two albums, Utopia Avenue navigates the dark end of the Sixties: its parties, drugs and egos, political change and personal tragedy; and the trials of life as a working band in London, the provinces, European capitals and, finally, the promised land of America. What is art? What is fame? What is music? How can the whole be more than the sum of its parts? Can idealism change the world? How does your youth shape your life? This is the story of Utopia Avenue. Not everyone lives to the end"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* Metafiction master Mitchell's readers can be excused if they greet a new novel by this unalloyed genius with both goose-pimply anticipation and trepidation over meeting the challenge. Not to worry. Utopia Avenue, while leaving behind neither the complexity nor the genre-bending pyrotechnics of The Bone Clocks (2014), is by far the most accessible of Mitchell's broad-canvas novels. This addictive Big Gulp of a narrative not only delivers a compelling and multitextured look at the 1960s, but it also could be the best novel about a rock band since Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). Mitchell evokes the psychedelic age with a bravura mix of telling details and richly composed portraits of iconic figures (Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and more). At the heart of the story, though, is the British band itself, Utopia Avenue: singer and guitarist Elf Holloway, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet (descended from the titular character in Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010), bassist Dean Moss, and drummer Griff Griffin. Mitchell masterfully builds each of the four into top-of-the-marquee characters, subtly mixing coming-of-age portraits (including one particularly moving long walk out of the closet) with revealing glimpses of inner lives—notably the demons inside Jasper's head, which must be exorcised by Marinus from The Bone Clocks. Reality, Mitchell reminds us, is a nuanced, paradoxical, shifting. So, too, is Utopia Avenue. It's a foot-tapping ode to rock music, but, like the band in full cry—smashing the end of a song into drummed, pounded, twanged molecules—Mitchell continues to use the rhythms of surface reality to dig much deeper, but without ever losing the beat. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Bone Clocks, and Slade House. Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in 2018 he won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Subject: Musicians Fiction
Bands (Music) Fiction
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Historical / General
Bands (Music)
Musicians Fiction
Bands (Music) Fiction
Genre: Novels.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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