Posted in books | music | music history | venues on March 2, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Wake Me When Its Over

Rob Sacher had a hand in three iconic New York rock clubs in the in the last three decades: Sanctuary (1981-1986), Mission (1988-1993), and Luna Lounge (1995-2008). He's written about those experiences and more in a new self-published memoir titled Wake Me When It's Over which just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign. Here's more from Sacher himself:

I grew up in Brooklyn. Raised on the girl groups, I discovered The Beatles on the first day their first single was radio played in New York. Rocked at the age of eleven when I first heard an electric twelve string guitar, it was then that I knew that I would be a musician, spend my time around music, and live my life among friends who played and made music too.

This is my story, a musician and entrepreneur who created and co-owned nightclubs, now part of the history of music and nightlife in New York City. Starting with my first club, Sanctuary, and continuing with Mission in Manhattan's East Village and ending with the highly regarded Luna Lounge, this is the first book to cover a part of the New York rock music scene that came after punk, new wave, and no wave.

Luna Lounge opened the same year I moved to New York and I probably spent more time there (1995 - 2005) than just about any other single venue (maybe even bar) in the city. (Admittedly, I had good friends who played in bands there often, but still.) I said in the piece I wrote about Lotion's reunion show last year, that "What there was of a [mid/late '90s indie rock] scene, it mostly happened at Luna Lounge" and I stand by that.

Cake Like, Lotion, Muckafurgason, and Space Needle may have played Brownies just as many times (not to mention Coney Island High) but Luna Lounge was free, and that front room with the couches and foosball was a real hangout. If you had nothing else to do, you could always see who was at Luna Lounge. No doubt Rob has some stories from that time.

You can order Wake Me When Its Over directly from its website, where you can read excerpts as well.

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Comments (26)

One of my favorite NYC clubs ever, and I have been going to shows since the late '80s.

Does anybody remember the name of the bouncer? Very tall guy and big, but nice at the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:21 PM

Sanctuary was before my time (I was in NYC at the time, just not going to clubs), but Mission was not. I don't remember it. Does anybody know where it was?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:23 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:28 PM

I want to read about the history of Terminal 5!

Posted by Everyone | March 2, 2012 2:39 PM

"I want to read about the history of Terminal 5!"

The lounge at the old Terminal 5 was also one of my favorite places.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:40 PM

Ordered my copy already..rob is a good man who gave many bands their first shot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:48 PM

Love that club. Too bad the spot that occupied it is still just a glorified hole in the ground.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:54 PM

Luna Lounge launched more comedians than bands really...

I lived in NYC all of the 90s.. I went to Luna Lounge like 3 times for rock shows but to Brownies, Cbs , Knitting Factory , etc much much more..
Their weekly comedy thing attracted some big names and helped nurture an underground comedy scene.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 2:59 PM

Hardly the Hacienda

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 3:15 PM

BIGGEST...LOSER...EVER !!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 3:29 PM


looks like an interesting read

i knew from the title it was a Longwave reference, cool!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 3:47 PM

Luna Lounge was a family, the people behind the bar, were often sitting at the bar, and visa versa. The bands were part of that family. You know who wasn't part of that family? Rob fu*#ing Sacher!!! He was hardly there at night. He would book any band that promised to bring 20 drinking customers and he walked around blowing his own trumpet and getting fat. To prove that, I will only ask a few questions, where is he now? What happened to Lunasea records? the new Luna Lounge? What great acts has he managed/produced since Ludlow Luna closed. Dianne was the real soul behind the hiring of a great team that made that place so special. Don't buy that book. If you want the real stories, go ask the elderly at Ludlow, on a slow week night they'll tell you great stories for a bump or two.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 3:52 PM

Will buy the book if Rob would use the money for rehab.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 3:59 PM

The name of the bouncer was Valentino. He was awesome. I think he lives upstate now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 3:59 PM

coney island high defunct website: http://pigbag.tripod.com/coney/

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 4:16 PM

Mission was on 5th Street where Ace bar is now. Is Rob still thinking about opening a new space with Mickey Leigh? Gabba gabba...

Posted by Smack | March 2, 2012 4:22 PM

I went to Luna Lounge a lot in the nineties, but the music always seemed like an afterthought there to me. I never considered it a destination place, just a place to go when bopping around the neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 4:37 PM

he opened a new Luna lounge venue.
http://lunaclubnyc.com/

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012 8:02 PM

reading a book by rob sacher is like taking a shit in your hand.

Posted by jabberjaw | March 2, 2012 9:32 PM

I saw a lot of bands in the 90's but not one at the Luna Lounge. It was much more a comedy venue. Brownies, Under Acme, Tramps, The Mercury Lounge...these were the music Venues.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2012 10:13 AM

a few of the comments here sound like they've been written by rob's ex-wife or a disgruntled former employee. not enough spine to talk shit and not use your real name.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2012 10:55 AM

Mission was on 5th Street where Ace bar is now. Is Rob still thinking about opening a new space with Mickey Leigh? Gabba gabba...

Posted by Myegy | March 10, 2012 5:55 AM

Ludlow Luna closed. Dianne was the real soul behind the hiring of a great team that made that place

Posted by Jaclson | March 21, 2013 4:27 AM

love to have seen up close, and my mother was loved

Posted by Casa Massagem SP | April 23, 2013 8:25 PM

totally neat

Posted by jordon | August 5, 2013 3:14 PM

just a place to go when bopping around the neighborhood.

Posted by massagem curitiba | April 29, 2014 8:51 PM

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