The Rise And Fall of The Miraculous Vespas
by David F. Ross
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Orenda Books; 2 edition (15 Feb. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910633372
- ISBN-13: 978-1910633373
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 guided by malevolent voices… Can Max Mojo’s band of talented band of social misfits repeat their success and pay back an increasingly agitated cartel of local gangsters? Or will they have to kidnap Boy George and hope for the best? Features much loved characters from 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.
About the Author
David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964, and he lived in various part of the city until the late ‘70s. He subsequently moved to Kilmarnock, where he has lived since. He was educated at James Hamilton Academy until being politely asked to leave. (Expulsion is such a harsh word, isn’t it?) Following a frankly ludicrous early foray into sporadic employment (Undertakers, Ice Cream Parlour, Tennis Groundsman, DJ … he’ll save these stories until he knows you better), David found himself at Glasgow School of Art, studying architecture. In 1992, he graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture.
David’s most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP, and The Last Days of Disco was his first novel, The Rise And Fall Of The Miraculous Vespas his second. He is currently working on the the third and final instalment The Man Who Loved Islands.
This is the second book in a trilogy .. I haven’t read the first, The Last Days of Disco but I truly don’t believe that reduced my enjoyment of this book. I am a sucker for the 80’s so anything that transports me back to what could be described as a happier time is instantly attractive.