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Moss Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and drafty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the cusp of chart success and on to glory in Amsterdam prison in Rome and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of David Mitchell’s captivating new novel tells the supreme enemy of all Utopias boredom Arthur C ClarkeWith its goofy celebrity cameos cheesy dialogue and affable but wooden characters Utopia Avenue is a bit like an extended Doctor Who episode set in the Swinging Sixties except it s much less fun and takes itself way too seriouslyThis novel is too long too dull and unconvincing as a 1960s period piece I can t see that it adds anything to the Mitchellverse that we don t already know from previous novels I haven t read them all so I could be wrong There are LOTS of Easter eggs to be found but that s all they areIf this had been a debut from an unknown it might have received a shows potential two stars But Mitchell is an established successful author whose work I have previously enjoyed who seems to be indulging an I coulda

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Utopia Avenue

The long awaited new novel from the bestselling prize winning author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone ClocksUtopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet and blues bassist Dean People of Goodreads this one was worth the wait David Mitchell is a gift to the literary world and his groovy new novel Utopia Avenue TOPS THE CHARTS This may very well be my favorite of the year and it s only FebruaryFirst things first I LIIIIIIIVED for the music pop culture film and history references in this book David Mitchell chose his decade and setting well for this outing The 60 s London music scene was and is I CO NIC but it was also a decade of momentous change conflict and advancement The Swingin Sixties was counter culture and civil rights Vietnam hippies beatniks psychedelia and LSD revolution riots and sex drugs rock n roll All of that you ll find here There is so much to pull from and Mr Mitchell wastes not a single important momentThis novel is really a who s who of the

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The unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue of riots in the streets and revolutions in the head of drugs thugs madness love sex death art of the families we choose and the ones we don’t of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder Can we change the world in turbulent times or does the world change u We re likePrincesses in the age of dynastic marriages Janis bites her lower lip and nods And our fame raises the value of locker room bragging Which the guys gain from Oh yeah Janis Joplin I know Janis She gave me head on the unmade bed I hate it But how do you fight it Or change it Or survive it I m not on your level yet says Elf Have you any advice No advice Only a fear and a name Billie Holiday Elf takes a third sip of Brutal Truth Didn t Billie Holiday die a heroin addict with no functioning liver under arrest on her death bed with only seventy cents in her bank account Janis lights a cigarette That s the fear I don t know if there has ever been a exploited group of artists on the planet than musicians especially rock musicians They hit it b


10 thoughts on “Utopia Avenue

  1. says:

    I hate to say this but after some entertainment early on I found Utopia Avenue irritating vapid and often boring My love affair with Mitchell reached its peak with Cloud Atlas The decline began with The Bone Clocks and Slade

  2. says:

    Offspring of the swinging sixties were flower children and rock musicians Now ‘looking through a glass onion’ David Mitchell recreates that fabulous psychedelic epoch‘The Beatles the Stones the Who the Kinks’ says Griff ‘They’re not trying to change the world They don’t buy their mansions by writing anthems about CND or making a socialist paradise They’re just out to make fookin’ good music’‘The best pop so

  3. says:

    People of Goodreads this one was worth the wait David Mitchell is a gift to the literary world and his groovy new novel Utopia Avenue TOPS THE CHARTS This may very well be my favorite of the year and it’s only FebruaryFirst things first I LIIIIIIIVED for the music pop culture film and history references in this book David Mitchell chose his decade and setting well for this outing The 60’s London music scene was and

  4. says:

    Welcome to the swinging sixties to the world of youth driven revolution modernism combines with hedonism showing its creative flour

  5. says:

    “the supreme enemy of all Utopias—boredom”―Arthur C ClarkeWith its goofy celebrity cameos cheesy dialogue and affable but wooden characters Utopia Avenue is a bit like an extended Doctor Who episode set in the Swinging Sixties except i

  6. says:

    Expect the unexpected Isn’t that always the case with any new novel by David Mitchell After ‘The Bone Clocks’ and ‘Slade House’ I was

  7. says:

    45 rounded up In many respects this is a departure for Mr Mitchell and I think how people will react to it will largely depend on whether they are long time die hard aficionados as I AM or if this is their first exposure to this definitely sui generis author This chronicle of two years in the formation and rise to fame of a late sixties 'ps

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    ”’We’re likePrincesses in the age of dynastic marriages’Janis bites her lower lip and nods ‘And our fame raises

  9. says:

    'I hear knocking Don't you' 'Knocking What's knocking' 'Opportunity' ”You'll smell the patchouli and the rainI should say upfront that it probably helps if you have a keen interest in music and 1960s music at th

  10. says:

    A couple of years ago I attended an event in Dublin where two authors chose a treasured album and talked about its effect on their lives One of them was David Mitchell and he selected Blue by his namesake Joni He spoke passionately about his admiration for this record dissecting its lyrics and rhapsodizing about his favourite tracks Mitchell's deep knowledge and love of music shone through so when he mention