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Utopia Avenue

by David Mitchell

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Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2020, 592 pages
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    May 2021, 592 pages

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David Mitchell's long-awaited eighth novel is a romp through the British music scene of the late 1960s.

David Mitchell's Utopia Avenue follows the path of an eclectic rock group — the eponymous Utopia Avenue — as it forms in London in 1967, rises in popularity and eventually hits the big time. Its members are brought together by Levon Frankland, a producer for Moonwhale Music, who decides to construct the perfect musical group. He recruits four remarkable misfits in his quest: Dean Moss, bass; Elizabeth "Elf" Holloway, keyboards; electric guitar genius Jasper de Zoet; and drummer Peter "Griff" Griffin. In addition to being brilliant instrumentalists, each is a fantastic singer and three out of the four are talented composers to boot. The strangers agree to give the arrangement a go, and after a few rocky starts grow into the hit-factory envisioned by their manager. More importantly, though, as they travel together and experience the ups and downs of the London rock scene, the ...

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