Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance
In his grumpy but informative memoir, Wareham, the lead guitarist and vocalist for seminal independent rock bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, recounts the highs and lows of his life as a musician. While Wareham's narrative voice is not particularly warm, he is refreshingly frank (though quite defensive) about the personal conflicts that broke up Galaxie 500, as well as about his later, somewhat more conventional rock and roll antics, which included drug use and infidelity. For most readers, the heart of the book will come in the first hundred odd pages, which focus on the financially difficult but artistically fruitful run of Galaxie 500, featuring Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, in the late 1980s and early '90s. The stories of nights spent on the floors of college radio station managers and recording classic albums in three days are the stuff of do-it-yourself legend, and at its best, the book serves as a clear narrative of the travails of independent musicians in the days before mp3s and Pitchfork Media (which gets a snarky shout-out). Wareham gets a lot of mileage out of frustration with booking agents, band mates and radio stations, and over the course of the book, one gets a prevailing sense of how truly difficult it can be for some great musicians to break through the mass media wall. [Publisher's Weekly - Amazon.com]Dean Warehem makes a free promotional book tour stop at Union Hall in Brooklyn tonight (March 18). All dates and stuff below....
Dean & Britta - You Turn My Head Around
18/08, Brooklyn, NY Union Hall, 702 Union Street - 7PM
3/20/08, Boston, MA Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St - 7PM
3/21/08, Boston, MA Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave. - 7PM
3/26/08, Brooklyn, NY book Court, 163 Court St. - 7PM
Dean will also perform some songs in addition to reading at Union Hall & Lizard Lounge.
Reading & Q&A only at the Bookstore events. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE.