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Espedair Street 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 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 muchbelievable. 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, 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 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 witho 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 hischallenging 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 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 happenfrequently 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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