Espedair Street

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
  • Title: Espedair Street
  • Author: Iain Banks
  • ISBN: 9780316858557
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, thouDaniel 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.
    Espedair Street By Iain Banks,

    Espedair Street Espedair Street by Iain Banks 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 Espedair Street Banks, Iain M ESPEDAIR STREET is a thinly described, not very visual, fairly depressing page character sketch of a past it rock star and some of his adventures The recounting of his adventures with his band was rather good, as far as it went. Espedair Street Audible Audio Edition Iain Espedair Street is narrated by retired songwriter Daniel Weir, as he looks back on his wild days as a member of the world famous rock band Liquid Gold When we meet him he is living as an eccentric recluse in Glasgow, doing what he can to stay unrecognised and only keeping a few friends who do not know of his past.

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    About " Iain Banks "

  • Iain Banks

    This author also published science fiction under the pseudonym Iain M Banks.Banks s father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book They married in Hawaii in 1982 However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.As with his friend Ken MacLeod another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction a strong awareness of left wing history shows in his writings The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist Alban McGill in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.Interviewed on Mark Lawson s BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the M as it appeared too fussy The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M Banks, a minor character in some of P.G Wodehouse s Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the M , although at one stage he considered John B Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.His latest book was a science fiction SF novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.Author Iain M Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late stage cancer He died the following June.The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year , would be his last The Quarry was published in June 2013.

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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 c [...]


  • 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 Froz [...]


  • 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.


  • Iain Banks is rapidly becoming one of my newest favorite authors Mixing a simple, crisp, and clean writing style with a subversive sense of humor, Banks transforms even the most outrageous tales into believable personal narratives In Espedair Street, he again delivers a poignant tale of an over the hill rockstar in his 30s who is twiddling his life away in a drunken haze after the demise of his band The usual class conscious Banks effortlessly pulls the protagonist, a bassist songwriter Dan Weir [...]


  • 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 usu [...]


  • 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 a [...]


  • 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.


  • Originally published on my blog here in September 2003.Ever since I first read it, not long after it first came out, Espedair Street has been one of my favourite Iain Banks novels It is his first or less mainstream novel, neither experimental nor genre fiction, and every time I read it it still manages to amuse and move me.Espedair Street is a novel which is pretending to be a rock star autobiography the story of fictional seventies band Frozen Gold as told by bass player and song writer Danny [...]


  • I would have preferred to give it 4.5 stars as but 4 are too few, so 5 it is I didn t quite know what to expect, I thought the dialogue and the narrative would be quirkier and then I saw when it was written it surprised me It seems to me that here in Paisley, Glasgow with its wall s held up by graffiti, Irvine Welsh could easily have drawn inspiration The only other Iain Banks book I d read was A Song of Stone hardback many years ago, too many years ago, meaning too few years of me, to really un [...]


  • 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 felt like faith, like revelation that things went on, that life [...]


  • Iain Banks is simply my favourite Scottish author From the first novel to the last I loved his books His death in June of this year was a tragic loss to Scottish writing but he left a wonderful legacy So I can t envisage my country in books without an Iain Banks novel I picked Espedair Street for three reasons firstly Daniel Weir the main character is the most fantastic of anti heroes, secondly it s a brilliant tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll so what s not to love about it and thirdly I used t [...]


  • I loved this novel As with The Wasp Factory, I have my younger brother to thank We were both keen musicians in our day, and he was a bassist as is the protagonist of this story.It s a first person recollection by the bassist in a successful supergroup He was the driving creative person, but always felt a little alien because he wasn t part of the original line up, and came from a poor working class background whereas they re all middle class When we meet Daniel Weir he s living as a recluse in a [...]


  • Yet another solid classic from Banksy It s so hard to write a book about music no one has ever heard, but this comes very, very close to getting the songs in your head without ever hearing a note The mood of the book goes from grim to elation and down again steeply Banksy has a wicked way with writing character deaths and there s a couple in here you wouldn t believe would be possible, but everything is set up just so, making them as real as any others.A rock legend in hiding the lead character [...]


  • There is nothing I can fault about Banks prose The characters and voices that he creates are always so amazing and interesting, and it s something I d love to replicate in my own writing.This is about an old rockstar who s going through a midlife crisis, and we follow him as he reminisces on his life in the band and on tour It s awesome and funny, and at times thought provoking.I didn t love this as much as The Wasp Factory because the story wasn t as insane, but Banks is someone I really want t [...]


  • 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.


  • This was a strange book to read It s 50% about a reclusive rock star and 50% about being a rock star and you don t get enough of either The book really should have told one story or the other You don t get enough of a sense of any character other than the main character because there is not enough of them in it Lots of good ideas but failed to deliver on them Still love the way Iain Banks writies


  • I m so glad that when I asked for recommendations on a good first Iain Banks novel to read, I had forgotten that I had read and didn t enjoy Wasp Factory If I had remembered, I would have missed out on this wonderful book From the start I absolutely loved the voice The story was funny and sad and I truly cared about Weird s story.


  • I enjoyed this life affirming honest fictional biopic of a disappointed rock star and his search for meaning but not one of my favourites by Iain Banks.


  • Iain Banks must be one of the most diverse, imaginative authors I ve read You never know what to expect when you pick up one of his books, but you know it will probably be a slightly weird, and rather brilliant story, with a touch of black humour.Espedair Street is the least challenging weird of his books that I ve read so far, but no less of an excellent read.Following the rise and fall of Daniel Weir stage name Weird , a 70s prog rock star, we follow his story from council estate Glasgow child [...]


  • Having just looked at Iain Banks s bibliography I noticed how relatively early in his career this particular novel was written It s good it s good fiction with his usual very high quality dialogue, excellent immersion into Scottish culture but it also has a certain melodrama that slips off elsewhere in his better books.This is still good maybe I m just a harsher critic of Iain Banks s books for having read so many of them As an isolated point this is a decent read but in context it feels like he [...]


  • I thought I might struggle with this, as the first chapter seems like a mass of waffle, however, it changes in the second chapter and comes together to form into a wonderful journey following the teens and twenties of a talented, but highly insecure songwriter Warmly written, with many sad and many, dare I say, funny bits It has been compared to a Tony Parsons or Nick Hornby, which, while I can see comparisons does it a disservice.


  • I have read a lot of books by Iain Banks and generally enjoy them very much, apart from the small passages of weird stuff Fans will know what I mean Some will love it Some, like me, will continue to appreciate the high quality of his work in spite of it.In this book, Banks takes his character, Daniel Weir, on a fascinating journey in life, from messed up teens to rock star and crashing failure He does so with atmosphere and humour.


  • I m really fond of Iain Banks work, both the sci fi and the non sci fi, both of which tend a bit to the absurd This book explains how a once successful but not at all down on his luck rock star decided to commit suicide in the sea on the west side of Iona I know that beach and then changed his mind You may never meet a entertaining bunch of hard drinking, hard playing Scots, much of the action taking place in Glasgow.


  • This was my first foray into Iain Banks after meaning to read him for a long time It was an enjoyable book, took me a while to get through as I kept putting it down and picking it up again but this was my state of mind than the writing.


  • Interesting Fictional biography of the main writer performer of a rock band Illustrating the start, life and end of the band the crazy activities in those times and post band flat line, ordinary life looks grey Then the low point



  • MF A very good read and certainly the easiest, most accessible of any of Banks mainstream work that I ve read so far.Strangely when I look back at the book it seems like it should have been disappointing very little actually happens and there s not much plot In fact the book really just bumbles along on its two different timelines past and present , but within that bumbling is a gloriously richly painted main character and the story is filled with lots of excellent and fun vignettes Also ultimat [...]


  • Review originally published on throughthewardrobedoor.wordpressFocussed on the life of a rock star, the story is told in a series of flashbacks, as well as flashbacks within flashbacks, and what I loved about this method is the sense of reality that s created The storyline is not a linear progression detailing a rags to riches story Instead it is Dan Weir, the thirty year old rock has been, telling the story in his words as he remembers it rather a story of riches to rags to riches to a lucky br [...]


  • I remember picking up this book at Heathrow while nursing a hangover covering a Rudolph esque spot a pimple as they say in the colonies and a red Nokia back to health after a 5 year jaunt in England It had a picture of a bad Les Paul copy It had to be ok, right I had the constant, nagging feeling that Banks had just finished a biography of post Peter Green Fleetwood Mac and thought, Fuck it Why not It s a compelling story I get it.BUTFrozen Gold is the band s name Really I can t imagine a worse [...]


  • All the while I was reading this I was waiting for that moment where there would be the unexpected twist, the turn to the weird and the strange I was waiting for the moment that I ve come to expect from Iain Banks where he takes the story in an entirely different direction than the one you were expecting and make you reel from the surprise and the delight of it all.But that moment never came and the only Weird in this story is the main character s nickname Danny Weir Weir, D Weird is an over the [...]


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