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Red Army Faction Blues [Paperback]

Ada Wilson
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10 Jan 2012
A coalition government. A widely mistrusted ruling elite. Riots in the streets and heavy-handed police tactics. Welcome to West Berlin, 1967. Undercover agent Peter Urbach is tasked with infiltrating a group of radical students whose anti-consumerist message is not without propaganda value on both sides of the Wall. Soon, high-minded political activism will move to the terrorism of Baader, Meinhoff and the Red Army Faction. 1989, the Wall is coming down and Urbach is breaking cover to track down Peter Green, the genius behind British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac. There's unfinished business to resolve after their chance encounter twenty years earlier at a party in Germany. What exactly did Peter Green walk into that day? They say he has never been the same since.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Route Publishing (10 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901927482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901927481
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Shows the power of the novel to illuminate a moment in history; the moment when terrorism became the new rock 'n' roll, the paths that took us there and the paths we have taken since.' - --David Peace

This is a magnificent, messy book. Or rather it is a magnificent book about the messy degeneration of high ideals and good music. Skilfully and almost breathlessly, the author reveals the confused interior life of Peter Urbach, the undercover agent, as well as that of ex-Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green. --Paul Simon, Morning Star

This beautifully-written novel writes about rock music in the same way that David Peace wrote about football in The Damned United, as a mirror of contemporary history, as a glass through which to view the world. This multilayered realism, achieved through placing actual people and places under fiction s microscope, certainly underlines the novel s contemporary echoes of unrest, surveillance and a sense that things are getting a little out-of-hand politically and culturally and nobody quite knows what s going on. Ring any bells? --Ian McMillan, Yorkshire Post

About the Author

Ada Wilson is a journalist based in Yorkshire. His previous novel Very Acme was published by Route. He edited the acclaimed short story collection Tubthumping.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full marks for turning down the easy option 7 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
I like historic thrillers and adventures. I'm a soft touch for a series of easy-going 300 page jaunts through interesting locations and times with a two dimensional spy or detective: Ada Wilson could have easily served these up on a plate and cashed in but instead he's created a compelling picture of the political circus in sixties' West Germany as well as an intriguing explanation for one of rock and roll's favourite mysteries.

I'm sure other writers will be along soon to cash in properly on this particular period of German extremism but until then enjoy this unique story while you can.

Catchy little reviews like these rarely do full justice to good books - all I can say is that I read it in two days and it's still in my head 6 weeks later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Great story about rock and roll and radical politics. I enjoyed the pace and the drama of this police operation to uncover the heads of the left-wing extremists in West Berlin. The narrative style of Ada Wilson is vivid and amusing. Before reading this book I was very intrigued about the infamous happening in Berlin where Peter Green, the great blues guitar of the sixties with his band Fleetwood Mac, got spiked and never would be the same man. Here the reader will find some clues of what happened that night. One clue: Andreas Baader and his comrade Ulrike Meinhoff were there too. The background is the very hot political climate of Berlin in the sixties with a wall that divide two antagonist worlds but, in reality, the two sides West and East fight in the same direction to destroy a youth movement they couldn't understand. The scars of war never really healed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dense with alternative history 6 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that have you googling events and characters every second page. It took me a while though, to figure out that the person who's telling the story, the undercover cop Peter Urbach, must have been a real person too. Apparently he only died last year, still in semi-hiding in the States, and without ever having told his side of the story. The German 1960s in general, is a story that should be more widely known in the UK, because it's interesting how it differed from here and at the same time, what it says about where we are now. The way the legend of Fleetwood Mac blues guitarist Peter Green is woven into events could perhaps seem far fetched, but given the known facts, is actually rather plausible...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red not blue 10 Aug 2012
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Format:Paperback
I loved this book, it was refreshing to read something with some real politics and with a European perspective rather than the usual parochial and/or nostalgic perspective of much recent British fiction. So both interesting and a great read.
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