Black Postcards: A Memoir

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Penguin, May 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
A bewitching memoir about the lures, torments, and rewards of making and performing music in the indie rock world

Dean Wareham's seminal bands Galaxie 500 and Luna have long been adored by a devoted cult following and extolled by rock critics. Now he brings us the blunt, heartbreaking, and wickedly charismatic account of his personal journey through the music world-the artistry and the hustle, the effortless success and the high living, as well as the bitter pills and self-inflicted wounds. It captures, unsparingly, what has happened to the entire ecosystem of popular music over a time of radical change, when categories such as "indie" and "alternative" meant nothing to those creating the music, but everything to the major labels willing to pay for it. Black Postcards is a must-have for Wareham's many fans, anyone who has ever been in a band, or the listeners who have taken an interest in the indie rock scene over the last twenty years.

 

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Most of Wareham's memoir reads like it was lazily copied over from tour journals. "This time, King Tut's had that Sunday night feeling. Sunday night is not a good night to rock. Afterward I went out ... Read full review

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Well-written account of Wareham's experience in the indie music world. It made me want to re-listen to some of the songs and albums after hearing what he has to say about them and learning the ... Read full review

Contents

Four to Fourteen
1
1977
8
Speedy and the Castanets
15
My Toes Can Talk
19
Socialism or Barbarism
24
Stuyvesant Town and the Age of Reason
29
Back in Your Life
33
Chets Last Call
36
Back to the Old House
128
Penthouse
130
Willie Nelsons Bus
141
Goodbye Terry
155
Dont You Like Making Records?
162
Rock on the Road
180
The Herbertstrasse
186
The Days of Our Nights
196

The Rat
40
Noise New York
43
Today
47
B210
51
Randy Detroit and Blue Thunder
55
Spongetunnel
58
The Top Hat
61
On Fire
64
Tulse Hill
67
Trains Planes and a Hovercraft
70
The Aerostar
78
A Month of Sundays
81
What Else Do You Do?
84
The Big Stage
87
This Is Our Music
90
Rock Slip
94
The Spotlight
98
Out of the Blue
103
Moon Dither
107
Fred vom Jupiter
112
Lunapark
117
Two Months Salary
121
Double Shot of My Babys Love
124
The Slow Ride Down
200
Exit Justin
214
The Best Visible Panty Line in Rock
218
The Golden Buff Lodge
223
The Dorm Room Jukebox
230
The Worst Moment of My Life
239
September 17 2001
241
Corrupt Contract
250
Lovedust
257
Now We Are Five
261
We Wont See That Band Anymore
266
LAvventura
268
Wednesdays and Alternate Weekends
271
Kill for Peace
273
I Dont Want to Do This Anymore
281
November 6 2004
291
The Right to Work
301
While My Eyes Go Looking for Flying Saucers in the Sky
303
I Love You but Ive Chosen Darkness
309
This Is the Day
318
Bowery Ballroom
321
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About the author (2009)

Dean Wareham has recorded sixteen albums, including On Fire with Galaxie 500, Penthouse with Luna, and, most recently, Back Numbers as one half of Dean and Britta.

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