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Espedair Street chapter 1 Espedair Street, meaning Espedair Street, genre Espedair Street, book cover Espedair Street, flies Espedair Street, Espedair Street 6009f166d566f Daniel Weir Used To Be A Famous Not To Say Infamous Rock Star Maybe Still Is At Thirty One He Has Been Both A Brilliant Failure And A Dull Success He S Made A Lot Of Mistakes That Have Paid Off And A Lot Of Smart Moves He Ll Regret Forever However Long That Turns Out To Be Daniel Weir Has Gone From Rags To Riches And Back, And Managed To Hold Onto Them Both, Though Not Much Else His Friends All Seem To Be Dead, Fed Up With Him Or Just Disgusted And Who Can Blame Them And Now Daniel Weir Is All Alone As He Contemplates His Life, Daniel Realises He Only Has Two Problems The Past And The Future He Knows How Bad The Past Has Been But The Future Well, The Future Is Something Else


10 thoughts on “Espedair Street

  1. says:

    Everything seems to take about the right amount of time at the time, but laterJeez, where did it all go You look back, and sometimes you think, Did I really do all that And other times you think Is that all there is Is that all I managed to get done We are never satisfied Don t even know the meaning of the word Daniel Wier has a story to tell A story of his search for satisfaction A writer of songs, a bass player and a man who nearly loses his way as a member of the successful band, Frozen Gold Despite, or due to his tendencies towards self doubt and pessimism, he knows how to make music He surprises himself once the words that previously existed only in his head go live particularly with Christine singing his words His music takes the band and fans to places of ecstasy and abandonment On his journey he is saddled with the hefty baggage of Catholic guilt, an absent father in prison, childhood trauma, and what he describes as a less than pleasing countenance Is he confused He is Better confused than bored, miserable and serious His confusion teaches him to think for himself which at times is in conflict with acting the rock star He feels he has a duty to his public He must act the part In these moments he can almost convince himself that nothing is really all that important, so why not party These irresponsible moments are the most comic But, just when you think you know this character he upends the chaos and reveals his other sides He is gentle, humble, longing for closeness and genuinely caring for and about others Rarely self absorbed or self righteous he strives for a balance amidst the decadence In his most self reflective moments he reminds us that life is a dance and if you aren t dancing but holding fast to rigid frameworks you might consider allowing the tide of music to sweep you away There is immense loss in his story These losses are so vast they nearly take him along Fortunate enough to see another sunrise he acts on his final decision of the story A decision so important it s as if he knew all along he would arrive exactly where he does.This is an altogether gratifying story which offers insight into survival how to survive the random and unexpected events life throws at us Daniel finds his strength and satisfaction through surviving and this is what makes him a real star.


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    I ve always been impressed by Iain M Banks range Whether he s writing about an hermaphroditic serial killer and his her mechanical wasp oracle, a man in a coma living a second life on a vast hyperreal bridge of the mind, a bored gamer compelled by artificial intelligences to play the ultimate game on a distant planet, or a brilliant woman whose place in an omnipotent corporation takes her to a kingdom in the Himalayas, Banks always maintains his artistry and deliberate social relevance without compromising entertainment Despite Banks excellence, however, his books tend to be too edgy for mainstream audiences My biggest challenge has been finding the right work to pass on to my friends, to ease them into the mind of Banks, to prepare them for his challenging works and the intellectual challenges that often lie in wait That novel is Espedair Street It isn t just close to mainstream, it is mainstream It tells the story of Daniel Weir, ex bass player and musical genius behind the 70s supergroup Frozen Gold Daniel, also known as Weird, is a bit depressed when the novel opens, depressed enough to consider suicide, and he relates his life story to us so that we understand why he s feeling down but decided to hang around He talks about missed opportunities, wild successes, the deaths of people he loved which were marginally his fault , the people he let slip away, the talent he leaves fallow, sex, drugs and even some Rock and Roll And when Weird s told us everything he needs to tell us, after he s made us love him without pity, he goes off and finds happiness Yep, Iain Banks wrote a happy ending He wrote a book that was made for the screen and the fact that it hasn t been adapted is criminal He wrote a book whose primary purpose seems to be escape, although it still retains elements of Banks conscience and politics He wrote a book that even the most genre phobic reader would be thrilled to read And it is proof positive that there is nothing that Iain Banks can t write What wouldn t I give for a gram of his range Aside over the course of Espedair Street I couldn t get this thought out of my head Banks Weird tale is a Nick Horby novel without the smug cheek and slacker superiority I wonder how Hornby fans would like Espedair Street I m betting they would like it very much.


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    They re supposedly just friends But now they re lying naked on the beach together, looking up at the stars with no one else in sight, and he s trying to find a tactful way to explain how he feels about her This kind of thing seems to happen frequently to rock stars than it does to me Luckily, she s a practical girl with good night vision Are you pointing at anything in particular she asks.


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    First of all, this is NOT a book by Iain M Banks it s by Iain Banks in other words, it s fiction, not science fiction Second, why he s so difficult to find in the US I ll never know Every book I ve read is just good, solid fiction writing, equal to Julian Barnes, Robertson Davies and many other top echelon writers.Espedair Street is a real street, but it barely figures in this tale of Wierd, the stage name for one Daniel Weir in school he was Weir, D get it He s the lyricist and bassist for Frozen Gold, a hugely successful rock band in the 70s 80s until their lead guitarist dies Told partly in flashbacks of his days with FG and partly in his present guise as Jimmy Hay, caretaker of St Jute s, the folly that Weird bought, drinking his way through life and occasionally creating a jingle or a movie score His current friends don t know who he is, or that he s stinking rich his former friends fans think he s dead or perhaps living in the Caymans It all comes abruptly to an end when he realizes that his brilliant ideas have killed inadvertently two of his bandmates So, what was that about a future The characters feel real even though you know this is fiction, you could plausibly meet someone just like them The writing is crisp, not the bloated stories that often appear today because somehow bigger better.Seriously, if you don t know Banks non scifi work, find one of his works of fiction and read it, now.


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    After learning about the untimely passing of Iain Banks a few years ago, I made it a task that I would finish reading his quite substantial body of work, both his contemporary novels of which I had read several over the years, starting with the infamous Wasp Factory back in the very early 1990 s and his Science Fiction based ones, written under Iain M Banks In fact I had started on the Culture novels before I learned he was dying He was a great writer, his contemporary, mainstream books all usually contain some dry humour and wit, along with quite bizarre plots, protagonists and a usual twist Espedair Street is no exception, but it is of a straightforward wellmaybe not quite so tale, lacking the twists compared to say, The Crow Road for example.It deals with a working class Glaswegian youth called Daniel Weir nicknamed Weird , who has high ambitions of becoming a rock star, which, through incredible luck succeeds in doing throughout the 1970s with a progressive rock band called Frozen Gold The band he is in being the main songwriter and bass player soon become a stadium rock outfit, making millions, and the book traverses all the typical lifestyle and tragedy that those big mega groups of the mid 70s are infamous for sex, drugs n rock n roll in a nutshell I was trying to place, with my own knowledge of prog rock banks of the 1970 s which is not inconsiderable who possibly Frozen Gold could have been based on, but found it hard Perhaps the whole tale is really a send up of the excesses of the big bands of the 70 s, a wry look at what fame does to people and how manipulated by record companies they were and probably still are to an extent Perhaps Frozen Gold could have been as much Led Zeppelin as the Rolling Stones as Fleetwood Mac, maybe Whatever, if there is a message here in Espedair Street, it is what fame and excessive amounts of money can do to you Daniel Weir however appears slightly balanced with it all compared to some of the band perhaps coming from a real deprived working class area of Glasgow keeps his mind in check, his feet on the ground Iain Banks dry humour is here, but there is some sadness throughout the book as well Also, there is not that much of twist here that his novels are famed for, as I mentioned above, and the book ends happily and positively for the protagonist returning to his roots after experiencing over a decade as a famous Rock Star, finding his old girlfriend A good tale, but still not quite as good as The Bridge which, of the ones I have read, I consider his best but that is a different format anyway and deals with a much deeper theme than Espedair Street and a few others EDIT Espedair Streetis located in Paisley, Glasgow, and Daniel Weir, according to Iain Banks, was loosely based on Fish, the ex Marillion singer solo artist And, from reading the Wikipedia page Frozen Gold was again, loosely based on Pink Floyd AND Fleetwood Mac so I got part of the influence correct.


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    At first I was wondering what all the fuss was about, why some friends thought this was Banks masterpiece It seemed a fairly simple tale of a rock star looking back from the dizzy heights of his early thirties on his life so far with the way his band was formed and how he felt about it now But gradually I realised there was to it than that, the book s structure complex and the layers within the plot intriguing As Danny s life was revealed, so I became fascinated with the characters he knew and the life style he led then and now I appreciated the hints Banks left occasionally about tragedies and dramatic events yet to be told I was hooked I wanted to know about the band, Frozen Gold, and the lad himself Was he based on Mick Fleetwood physically and past habits , Fish from Marillion as Banks once claimed or another rock star of the 1970 80s It s difficult to say too much about what happened later as this would leave spoilers but suffice it to say that I was drawn into the world of Weird Danny Jim, especially all the characters from McCann and Wee Tommy in the present to Christine and Inez in the past Each was believable and well drawn The settings too were clear, from Ferguslie Park in Paisley to the tours and back to Clydeside.I have some hesitations about the ending perhaps too neat, too happy but overall an excellent book.


  7. says:

    Just brilliant I love Iain Banks books I laughed I thought I cried I walked in another s shoes You can t ask for .


  8. says:

    Another great book from Banks I ve read a few Biography auto biography type books about rock bands including the Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie This had a lot of the same elements to it, but with an honesty that the others can t match I want to quote a little piece from near the end of the book To me, this portion of a long, run on sentence, is the entire point of what Banks was trying to say with Espedair Street it felt like faith, like revelation that things went on, that life ground on regardless, and mindless, and produced pain and pleasure and hope and fear and joy and dispair, and you were lucky and sometimes you weren t, and sometimes you could plan your way ahead and that would be the right thing to have done, but other times all you could do was forget about plans and just be ready to react, and sometimes the obvious was true and sometimes it wasn t, and sometimes experience helped but not always, and it was all luck, fate, in the end you lived, and you waited to see what happened, and you would rarely ever be sure that what you had done was really the right thing or the wrong thing, because things can always be better, and things can always be worse.


  9. says:

    No, sorry, I just didn t buy it I think setting up his narrator as a former big name in the world of late sixties early seventies rock, operating in the same arena as Zepp and Hendrix, was a bad move We can read biographies autobiographies of actual rock mega stars and their debauched shenanigans so a fictional narrative is never going to cut it for me I rather read a story about the ones that didn t make it big That would be much believable.


  10. says:

    Was less thrilling than other Iain Banks I have read Still enjoyed it and thought it was interesting I am from the West of Scotland so it was fun hearing certain places mentioned I really liked how it switched to during his rockstar years to after his rockstar years.


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