Black Postcards

Black Postcards

A Rock & Roll Romance

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008
Branch Call Number: 781.66092 W273b
Characteristics: 324 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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JCLHilaryS May 02, 2013

Frontman for bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, Dean Wareham chronicles his life before, during and after the breakup of both of his bands, and his first marriage. The book is written rather simply and honestly. Wareham is up front about drug use, tempers and infidelity, and is neither cagey about these things, but neither does he glorify them. Things just are. They happened and he relays it all in a very matter of fact tone. The first portion of the book focuses on Dean’s early life: his childhood and his family life. Also featured are copious lists of bands he saw in concert during his early years. I supposed we are to read between the lines here and see where his influences lie, but it comes across more of name dropping than discussion of musical taste and influences. The book becomes far more compelling when it shifts to discussing first Galaxie 500, then Luna. The book chronicles the formation, lifespan and disintegration of each band. Wareham lays it all out, and doesn’t make much of a case for being in a band. The majority of chronicled events sound pretty rough, not the glamour one expects. Wareham also does a fine job of explaining how music contracts work, why bands must tour and keep producing more and more albums, and why the stress of it all can lead to the demise of our favorite bands.

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