The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of DiscoIrvine Welsh Meets Roddy Doyle Ein Hinrei Ender Roman Ber Das Aufwachsen In Der Schottischen Provinz In Den 80er JahrenZwei Jungs In Der Schottischen Provinz In Den Achtzigern Kein Plan, Keine Perspektive Was Machen Wie W Re Es Mit Einer Mobilen Disco Gute Popmusik, Die Gibt Es Und Die Beiden Kennen Sich Aus Also Wird Eine Kleine Anlage Geliehen, Und Bald Gibt Es Die Ersten Geburtstagspartys Und Das Erste Geld Dumm Nur, Dass Die Beiden Eines Nicht Wissen Die Gegend Wird Von Einem Partyveranstalter Kontrolliert, Der Keinen Spa Versteht, Wenn Ihm Jemand Die Auftr Ge Streitig Macht. I adore a good retro story especially when it is set firmly in my era, as a child of the 80 s for me this was funny, sometimes sad, always heart warming and I spent the entire reading experience in a daze of nostalgic innocence.The Cassidy family are a delight, Mr Ross managing to weave around them a tale that is at turns hilarious and tragic, capturing the sense of the era perfectly a homage to the music of the time embedded into the tale in a beautifully elegant way which gives the whole thing a depth and emotion that moves it beyond a simply family drama, evoking an emotional response in the reader that will stay with you long after reading it.Set as it is in the Thatcher era, war looming with the Falklands, a time I remember well although from a teenagers point of view, we follow Bobby as he sets up his Disco venture, attempting to rival that of Fat Franny a marvel of a character who kind of grounded the story for me the writing is witty, ironic, perfectly paced and will drag you into that place and time in very short order Gary s story
I always love a story rooted in the 1980s I lived through the 1980s and they were brilliant In the novel, we get a real sense of 1982, with Margaret Thatcher taking the country to war and mass unemployment Ross cleverly gives us wonderful music and lots of television and cultural references I defy anyone not to be humming Shaking Stevens when reading this You will.This is a funny, charming, slightly crazy and intelligent tale of a working class family living in 1982 Kilmarnock, Scotland The number of times I chuckled to myself, whilst reading and then was moved by the sadness of the later chapters There is a lovely Scottish feel to the language As an English lass, I feel that I can speak proper Scottish after reading this You can practically feel and taste the true authentic vibe of Kilmarnock in The Last Days of Disco , flowing through the language.We get to know the Cassidy family Bobby who is setting up his mobile disco Heatwave , Gary who joins the army, the daughter, Hettie and and their unhappily married Mum and Dad, Ethel and Harry The story focuses on Bobby who has set up his mobile disco to rival the rather funny mobile disco gangster boss of the area, Fat Franny I love Fat Franny I love his name Some of the scenes with Bobby and his best mate are excellent, as they get up to all kinds of mischief And I was particularly interested in Gary and his army adventur
The Last Days of Disco The Decade Fashion Forgot But Music Loved When Heatwave gets goin , ther ll be nae middle o the road pish getting played That s got tae be rule number one Right Got it Said Bobby Nae Christy Burgh Nae Goombay Dance Band Nae Flocks o Fuckin Seagulls The Last Days of Disco set in 1982 with the background of the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher, 3 million and Scotland at the World Cup, unemployed Bobby Cassidy and best friend Joey Miller are about to leave school in Kilmarnock and launch themselves on to an unsuspecting world With ideas in their heads they decide they will launch themselves in to the world of the mobile disco, playing various gigs and competing against Fat Franny and his gang to bring music to the masses.Waking up after a lost weekend of drink and drink for his 18th and gaining a tattoo Bobby Cassidy wakes up in bed top n tailed with his visiting brother Gary Without any idea what has passed for the weekend that has gone he is planning for the future, and comes up with the mobile disco plan to be named after The Jam s The Heatwave, the
This is one of these books I ve had for ages, and of course I ve ended up kicking myself for not reading it earlier I d like to give it a 5 , but I couldn t possibly have it overtaking The Abrupt Physics Of Dying, or Snowblind two other corkers from Orenda Books I think the only one I haven t got is the Louise Beech one Karen Sullivan can spot a quality book at 100 paces.I m WAY behind on my reviews, but I ll move heaven and earth to get one up ASAP Meanwhile, buy this book Os
A cracking debut Extremely funny, but with an amazing storyline to accompany it Heart warming, sad, but very warming 80 s discos, eh I can t recommend it enough. This is a story about working class life in the early 80s, set in South West Scotland Bobby Cassidy and his friend Joey are fresh out of school with heads full of magic They set up Heatwave a mobile disco Unfortunately they find themselves in competition with local gangster the magnificent Fat Franny Their adventures are hilarious, but life is not straightforward for most of the characters as it wasn t for most people at that time With Thatcher constantly buzzing in the background, like an unwanted wasp, for one reason or another unemployment, the Falklands it takes you right back to that era with an authenticity that is rare to find.There is a mad cast of characters starting with the wonderful Cassidy family Bobby taking centre stage, lives with his mum, dad and sister Harry I loved him and Ethel s marriage is in disarray but they plod on, sister Hettie is about to sit her exams Brother Gary has gone south to join the army just as the spectre of the Falklands rears its ugly head Gary s story is bathed in
Loved this book and have finally got a review up on my blog Powerful things, dreams David F Ross The Last Days of Disco is bookended by two the teenage fantasy of Bobby Cassidy racing around Monaco and the disturbed nightmares suffered by older brother Gary following his time in the Falklands War.Quite the juxtaposition, but then an awful lot happens between the two points as we follow the lives and dreams of the Cassidy boys in early 80s Kilmarnock Bobby don t ask to see his tattoos and his best mate Joey Miller aim at avoiding the dole, school and the army by setting themselves up as the new kings of the mobile disco scene, becoming caught up in conflict with the local party entertainment mafia kingpin Gary, meanwhile, pursues a career in the Army in an attempt to make his father proud , eventually being caught up in the Falklands Conflict.Along with plenty of references to proper music, Ross evokes a vivid portrait of urban blight under Thatcher rule a family of seven soon to be eight all living in a three bedroomed, mid block council flat the only flat in a block of six that didn t have the windows boarded up , interspersed with transcripts from TV interviews and newspaper report
The Last Days of Disco, by David F Ross, is a nostalgic romp through a town in working class Scotland in 1982 Margaret Thatcher is in power and unemployment is high but for the small time crooks, the long time residents and the emerging youth, life remains largely introverted Fashion sense may have lost its way but in the pubs and clubs around which local society revolves family, friends and music reign supreme.The protagonists of this tale are Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller best mates, about to finish school and with little idea what to do with their lives They decide to try their hands as mobile DJs, thereby invoking the wrath of a local mobster, Fat Franny Duncan, who sees their endeavour as a threat to his own tiny empire A motley crew of characters are drawn in to the turf wars that develop, each adding humour and pathos to the plot.The comedy is schoolboy level with much being made of cock size, farts and the titillation created by female body parts All of this is in keeping with the times.The pathos is thought provoking Bobby s brother Gary has recently joined the army and is called to serve in the Falkland s conflict, bringing home the reality of war Decades old family secrets bubble to the surface The young people may dream but few have managed to move on from the lives expected of them.The author has created a big hearted story which pulls no punches in the evocation of the times The soundtrack keeps it u
Visit The Discerning Reader for reviews giveawaysThis book was not to my taste but I cannot deny the authors talent This was too coarse and masculine for my liking, nonetheless it is a masterpiece in its own right The setting is brilliant The Falklands War is highlighted along with government excerpts dispersed throughout This really gives you a sense of the time and tension of country and people Politics pepper the narrative just enough to add as opposed to take away from the overall plot and players Another strength, I felt immersed in Kilmarnock the dialogue, the slang, the people The area felt too familiar which isn t a surprise since Ross is than familiar with the area, he manages to pull the reader into this colorful hamlet At times the accent was a challenge to read, however, it made the reading experience totally authentic The characters are a motley bunch There are numerous players a few stronger than others, some bit players with a known presence, as the story unfolds you become familiar with their roles, and each one fits into the narrative with great surprise Ross captures the Cassidy family perfectly Each member is sketched with great emotional detail There are a few moments displaying such feeling and emotional clarity you will be moved The family endures much yet despite their many fractures and dysfunctionality they pull together The music references will jar your memory to the sounds of the 80 s The 80 s vi