'It’s the swinging 60’s, a time of war, rioting in the streets, drugs, love, madness and music. During which friendships are formed, we choose our families and change the world. Enter Utopia Avenue, the UK’s biggest psychedelic/pop/rock/folk group. Fasten your seatbelt and follow Elf, Dean, Jasper and Griff as they shoot to fame, travel the world and meet iconic heroes along the way. David Mitchell does not disappoint with this classic rock tale, peppered with references to Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. This far out story will excite fans of Murakami and Daisy Jones & the Six.' Recommended by Danielle O'Reilly, Bray.
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 improbable 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 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 kaleidoscopic 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 captivating novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul.