Today I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for David F. Ross’s new novel, The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas.
Rock ‘n’ Roll doesn’t necessarily mean a band. It doesn’t mean a singer, and it doesn’t mean a lyric, really. It’s that question of trying to be immortal’ Malcolm McLaren
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is the timeless story of the quest for such pop immortality. When a young Ayrshire band miraculously hits the big time with the smash hit record of 1984, international stardom beckons. That’s despite having a delusional teenage manager propelled by a dark, malign voice in his head … Can Max Mojo’s band of talented social misfits repeat the success and pay back the mounting debts accrued from an increasingly agitated cartel of local gangsters? Or will they have to kidnap Boy George and hope for the best? Featuring much-loved characters from the international bestseller, The Last Days of Disco, this is an absurdly funny, riotously ambitious and deeply human story of small-town rivalries, music, confused adolescence and, above all, hope, from one of Scotland’s finest new voices.
This is the first novel I have read by this author and even though some of the characters in The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas feature in the authors other novel, The Last Days of Disco, I am living proof that you don’t need to have read it first to fully enjoy this one.
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is very much a story of nostalgia. As soon as I started reading it I was transported back to the eighties with memories of Top of The Pops and getting ready with my tape recorder to record my favourite songs that were in the top forty. There are many mentions of various groups that were around at that time. Some were certainly a blast from the past as I had totally forgotten about them. I have to admit to always being mainly a pop music kind of gal but quite a few of the groups that get mentioned were certainly a big influence in my brothers life which in a way still also played a part in mine.
I think the story gives the reader a feel for what it must be like for a band to try and make it big. I couldn’t help but want the band to succeed and at times I could feel how disheartened they were.
Even though there is a whole array of characters, Max is certainly the one to stand out. At first I wasn’t to sure whether I liked him. He obviously wants to make his mark on the world but is very much fuelled with anger. Even though there is quite a lot of swearing in the novel, I think it is very paramount and made the whole vibe of that time feel a lot more real.
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is an engaging and enjoyable read and is an absolute must read for lovers of the eighties and the whole music scene.
Many thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.