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Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 13, 2008
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Drawing his reminiscences from a diary that his father, a successful management consultant suggested he keep, Wareham chronicles his middle class childhood in New Zealand and later in New York City. It was in New York where Dean came of age in the late 1970's during the halcyon days of punk and new wave. Like a sponge, Wareham absorbed the music, the style and the ethos of punk and new wave rock. Ever opinionated, Wareham quickly draws sharp lines of demarcation between "good" and "bad" music. The Clash, Joy Division, Talking Heads, and The Feelies fell into Dean's category of "good" music. U2, Metallica, The Cure and other big name bands who received extensive radio airplay, were not especially 'cool'.Read more ›
What he does talk about is food: paella in Spain, barbecue in Texas, brisket on Houston Street. He also has the sniffy attitude of a fanboy music nerd of a particularly 80s ilk, catty about bands he doesn't like. Favorite road game: "Who wouldn't you open for?"
But Wareham's a smart guy who doesn't wear his Harvard education on his sleeve. There are a fair number of wry asides and one liners. Though some of these stories fall flat, I guess you had to be there.
There are also some genuinely poignant moments, like when he catches sight of his toddler son across the avenue the day he walked out on his first marriage.
All in all this is a respectable book for fans and those interested in the nuts and bolts of being in a minor league rock band. Still, better worth waiting for the paperback.
But the humor! Goodness gracious me, it's been a long time since I've laughed so much while reading a book. Dean's accounts of life in a band are hilarious, from working in a studio ("We should have hired a cook...") to endlessly touring Europe in a van. The most amusing tales, however, are his casual dismissal of other bands. "We hated the Pixies." "I thought Eddie Vedder sang like Cher." "Metalllica are not the brightest bunch of guys you'll ever meet." "The Ramones were too punk to enjoy the beauty of the Rhine Valley." My favorite anecdote is a brief encounter with Anthony Kiedis in a hotel exercise room.
I would recommend reading this book even if you're not a fan of Galaxie 500 or Luna. Just being a music fan is reason enough to read this book because it will shed voluminous light on the day-to-day workings of being in a band.
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Dean Wareham is a musical icon, and this book, while sparse, is very charming in a lot of ways. If you have any interest in Galaxy 500 or Luna, then you'll likely find this book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by AF
HA! And you thought you knew what the Indie Music scene was all about just because you lived through it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Kesler
I started seriously getting into music in the late eighties, early nineties when the indie/alternative scene in America began to grow. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Ciaran Cooke
I really enjoyed this book. It is not too often that a book like this gets realized. Many rock singers might not have the wherewithal after all of those years to produce such a... Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Middleman
I couldn't put this book down. Dean is a great writer, and told his story prolifically of an indie band(s) trying to make it despite difficult circumstances. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Wendy E
Every bit as soporific -- and mediocre -- as the music. Virtually nobody bought the cds so why anyone would want to read the stories behind them is beyond me. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Rupert Pupkin
After waiting forever for the paperback edition, I devoured this book in two evenings without chewing. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Ishmael
Dean Wareham details his life in the elastic time of late 80's indie rock when opportunities to hear the music you might love came via live shows in rooms hardly anybody ever heard... Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Wayne A. Cresser
I love a good Rock & Roll autobiography and this one is everything you hope for: Wareham is smart enough to quote Trotsky but funny enough to crack dirty jokes about tour life,... Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by B. Collins