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Espedair Street Read ´ 6 ↠ 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 maO 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. Another great book from Banks I've read a few Biographyauto 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 uote 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 Streetit 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

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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 r. “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 doesThis 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

Summary Espedair Street

Espedair StreetEgret 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 wh. After learning about the untimely passing of Iain Banks a few years ago I made it a task that I would finish reading his uite 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 uite bizarre plots protagonists and a usual 'twist' Espedair Street is no exception but it is of a straightforward wellmaybe not uite so tale lacking the twists compared to say The Crow Road for exampleIt 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 uite 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 singersolo 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