- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (6 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349139253
- ISBN-13: 978-0349139258
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Espedair Street Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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"Engagingly told, cleverly constructed." "Time Out""
* Paperback reissue of Iain Banks' ESPEDAIR STREET, 'the funniest, truest rock biopic yet' - OBSERVERSee all Product Description
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The story is pure teenage boy wish fulfillment - beautifully and poetically rendered. The yearnings Weird has for love, sex and success along with the drab wet world of early 70's scotland he wishes to escape from are very well written. Equally well written are the stories of rock success and massive excess! Weird retains our sympathy because he is enriched by success yet scarred by it and because he retains most of his teenage insecurities.
I first read 'Espedair Street' 20 years ago when I was 17 years old myself. Then the story of Daniel Weir, the stuttering loser managing to become a rock star struck a powerful chord, 'Espedair Street' was my 'Catcher In The Rye'. Reading it recently as a 37 year old was akin to rereading an old diary. I was transported back to the late 80's and had the joy of reading a much loved story all over again.
Reading it now I see 'Espedair Street' as a wonderful teenage self indulgence. I would be fascintated to know what a 17 year old from 2008 makes of it - now that the late 80's 'now' the book is set in is now so long ago!
One section made me chuckle, (pages 128 -129), Wes MacKinnon, Frozen Gold's keyboard player buys a mainframe computer,transfers their studio music recordings onto discs so he can play them on his computer...Read more ›
Espedair Street - about an ex rock-star - is moving, and at the same time hilarious. It genuinely had me laughing out loud (on the Tube, not the done thing).
For once, a Scottish author has managed to portray dingy life and the struggle of a disadvantaged background, in a non-depressing manner. Congratulations.
I've found some of the reviews critical of this book as it is unrealistic. It may well be. I'm not an ex rock star, so I don't know. Don't buy it perhaps if you want a book about a rock-star. But as a book about the human being - from no-hope misery, to success and back - this is outstanding. Read this book.
In between the daily events in his life, we get to find out how he became the man he is nowadays. From a shy boy who wrote songs to the biggest band in the history of rock. His past and his future can’t be seen as separate entities.
Banks is one of my favourite authors. Not every single book he writes is as good, but to me, that only shows he is human as well. He shows an incredible insight into the rock business, he seems to be able to write autobiographical stories for dozens of people. I enjoy his books a lot, need to complete my back catalogue. This one, though old, is certainly a recommender.
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Typical Iain Banks, a great read from start to finish. Started with wasp factory and found it slightly odd but since I've persevered and find Iain's style fantastic and compulsive... Read morePublished 6 months ago by derek broom
It is a good book; character-driven with a milieu young people will identify with (the need to be a rock star, dress like s*** and eschew responsibilities while having a million in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dan Smith
At first, it seems that Danny Weird hasn’t got a lot going for him. He’s tall, clumsy, a stammerer and altogether ungainly. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eileen Shaw
This was a good read,though it somehow took me a long time to get through it. It flashes back and to the present of a lyricist who has made it big in spite of all the setbacks Iain... Read morePublished 15 months ago by bibliophile
Read for the second time for a book club. I was embarrased because I recommended it!
The book doesn't seem so funny second time around. Read more