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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
I got round to 2000 Tunes after it had languished in my "to read" pile for a while.
I read the back cover write up and began to read without any real expectations. Now I've finished it and I've got to say I loved it.
Karl Drinkwater has done a great job of capturing a time and place incredibly well. The characters are well written and relatable.
Based in Manchester at the dawn of the new millennium the story centres around Mark Hopton. Mark is an outsider. He has a run of the mill job, a small flat and a few good mates. Mark's one of life's good guys, unfortunately his family are a nightmare. His Dad's in jail (again) and his headcase of a Brother won't let him live his life. They are trying drag Mark down with them.
Mark's escape lays in the bands and music of the city he lives in. It's a solace, a passion, an obsession. The Summer of 2000 brings another light into his life. Sam, a beautiful Welsh girl in the office at work. She could be Mark's saviour but he thinks she's out of his league. He is so used to things going wrong that he daren't dream that maybe this time things could go his way.
I'm a bit of a music fan myself. The books I read are often music biographies. Even though music is the backbone of 2000 Tunes I don't know if I would have picked it up. Now I am glad that I did. I will be seeking out Karl Drinkwater's other books and would urge anyone reading this to do likewise.
When he followed that with a description of Manchester that captured the city's accent and its crazy contradictions and echoed the musical beat that runs through the novel - "Carrier bags and kicked-in teeth, short skirts in winter, tall tales with bitter, a brew and a lager, shaved heads and shopping on red brick and grit, endless suburb houses, long roads and alleys, gorillas and galleries, Salford scallies" - this music fan's soul was caught.
Drinkwater positions the novel as being about music - the famous Madchester sound - and it is, but it is much more than that. This is a novel about families and how they trap, or save, you; it's also about relationships and the inarticulate nature of love. Music-obsessed Mark Hopton and Welsh Valley girl-made-good Samantha are trying to create lives that will at least let them glimpse the stars - Drinkwater lets them stumble and doesn't accept cliched pathways, his characters are far too real for that.
I couldn't put it down, I want to know what happens next - if there really is a light that never goes out...
Manchester music holds this book together as it holds Mark's life together. But dig deeper into this seeming love letter to the Manchester music scene and starts to read like an obituary. All the good music gone. The Hacienda closed. The Conti faded, captured here before the lights go out for the last time a year later.
Mark makes endless connections between the music he loves: 'It's like a pattern for me. It's all for me, it's all connected'. But these patterns form a web as sticky as that woven by his family that fixes him in the past so he can't see the future. He is ' Lost in music' and only when he realises that going over the connections is as futile as repainting double yellow lines on a transient skin of a city that doesn't care can he move on. Only then can he live the words of one of the bands he loves: 'The past was yours but the future's mine'.
There is already a superb synopsis so I have no need to bore you with another but I can give my opinion...
Brilliantly written, it engages from the start. The dialogue has a 'real' feel and it is as if the characters are people I know. I love the music references at the start of each chapter (I'm the right age to remember). It has become one of my all time top five reads.
Apologies to the author for the late review.