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David Mitchell’s rock ‘n’ roll comfort read

A rigorous rendering of a much-mythologised era proves strangely addictive

Jefferson Airplane performing at the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival in Marin County, California, United States in June, 1967 Photo: Bryan Costales ©2009/Wikipedia

Jefferson Airplane performing at the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival in Marin County, California, United States in June, 1967 Photo: Bryan Costales ©2009/Wikipedia

Famous people flit butterfly-like through the pages of David Mitchell’s latest novel, set in London during 1967’s so-called Summer of Love, from John Martyn to Petula Clark to rising star David Bowie. They go to parties, get high,…

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