Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance

Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance

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Title:Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance
Author:Dean Wareham
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Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance Reviews

  • El
    May 31, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

  • Amy
    Mar 27, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

  • Steven
    Apr 24, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

  • Kurt
    Apr 23, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

    disappointed in this. writing was bad and meandering, no point to it at all. ...

    I will admit it: I have been fascinated with memoirs lately. Having recently finished Edna O?Brien?s Country Girl and Sophie Fontanel?s The Art of Sleeping Alone, I was ready for another story and quite happy when Black Postcards arrived on my doorstep. Dean Wareham, former front...

    Dean Wareham, former lead singer of the bands Galaxie 500 and Luna toured multiple countries over the course of the last two-plus decades. Now he's committed to paper a compelling set of his own recollections in Black Postcards. I grew up on Galaxie 500. they were ?the? band fo...

    This doesn't seem like it should be a five-star book--a memoir by an indie rock also-ran? Yet it's a great read, start to finish. It helps to be a fan of Wareham's music, either with Galaxie 500 or Luna, but for anyone who was fan and follower of late '70s punk/new wave and then '80s a...

  • tim
    Jun 26, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

  • Tim
    Mar 18, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

    disappointed in this. writing was bad and meandering, no point to it at all. ...

    I will admit it: I have been fascinated with memoirs lately. Having recently finished Edna O?Brien?s Country Girl and Sophie Fontanel?s The Art of Sleeping Alone, I was ready for another story and quite happy when Black Postcards arrived on my doorstep. Dean Wareham, former front...

    Dean Wareham, former lead singer of the bands Galaxie 500 and Luna toured multiple countries over the course of the last two-plus decades. Now he's committed to paper a compelling set of his own recollections in Black Postcards. I grew up on Galaxie 500. they were ?the? band fo...

  • Simone
    May 24, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

  • Cynthia
    Sep 25, 2016

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

  • Matt
    Jun 23, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

  • Kirstie
    Jun 26, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

  • Hannah
    Nov 26, 2012

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

  • John
    Feb 12, 2013

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

    disappointed in this. writing was bad and meandering, no point to it at all. ...

    I will admit it: I have been fascinated with memoirs lately. Having recently finished Edna O?Brien?s Country Girl and Sophie Fontanel?s The Art of Sleeping Alone, I was ready for another story and quite happy when Black Postcards arrived on my doorstep. Dean Wareham, former front...

    Dean Wareham, former lead singer of the bands Galaxie 500 and Luna toured multiple countries over the course of the last two-plus decades. Now he's committed to paper a compelling set of his own recollections in Black Postcards. I grew up on Galaxie 500. they were ?the? band fo...

    This doesn't seem like it should be a five-star book--a memoir by an indie rock also-ran? Yet it's a great read, start to finish. It helps to be a fan of Wareham's music, either with Galaxie 500 or Luna, but for anyone who was fan and follower of late '70s punk/new wave and then '80s a...

    Just finished this last night and really enjoyed it. Wareham's not an amazing writer, but I liked the spareness of the writing and its down-to-earth wistfulness. It certainly is not a glamorous portrayal of life in a small rock band. It kind of made me really glad to have the life I ha...

    Galaxie 500 had broken up by page 100 which was not a good sign for a 320 page indie rock memoir. Luna was fine and reminds me of my college days in a very immediate way but I always felt a kind of take it or leave it attitude toward their music. I saw them play only once that I can re...

  • Luke
    Aug 05, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

    disappointed in this. writing was bad and meandering, no point to it at all. ...

    I will admit it: I have been fascinated with memoirs lately. Having recently finished Edna O?Brien?s Country Girl and Sophie Fontanel?s The Art of Sleeping Alone, I was ready for another story and quite happy when Black Postcards arrived on my doorstep. Dean Wareham, former front...

    Dean Wareham, former lead singer of the bands Galaxie 500 and Luna toured multiple countries over the course of the last two-plus decades. Now he's committed to paper a compelling set of his own recollections in Black Postcards. I grew up on Galaxie 500. they were ?the? band fo...

    This doesn't seem like it should be a five-star book--a memoir by an indie rock also-ran? Yet it's a great read, start to finish. It helps to be a fan of Wareham's music, either with Galaxie 500 or Luna, but for anyone who was fan and follower of late '70s punk/new wave and then '80s a...

    Just finished this last night and really enjoyed it. Wareham's not an amazing writer, but I liked the spareness of the writing and its down-to-earth wistfulness. It certainly is not a glamorous portrayal of life in a small rock band. It kind of made me really glad to have the life I ha...

  • SL
    Jul 11, 2018

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 16, 2008

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

  • Jem
    Mar 13, 2009

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

  • Surfing Moose
    Apr 20, 2009

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

  • Stop
    Jan 07, 2009

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

  • Ian "Marvin" Graye
    Feb 25, 2011

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

  • Peter Smith
    Jul 30, 2012

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

  • Patrick
    Dec 08, 2017

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

  • Gary Fowles
    Mar 28, 2018

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

  • Benjamin
    Aug 17, 2015

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

  • William
    Dec 14, 2017

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

  • Laura
    Sep 24, 2012

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

  • Rebecca Dobrinski
    Aug 06, 2013

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

    disappointed in this. writing was bad and meandering, no point to it at all. ...

    I will admit it: I have been fascinated with memoirs lately. Having recently finished Edna O?Brien?s Country Girl and Sophie Fontanel?s The Art of Sleeping Alone, I was ready for another story and quite happy when Black Postcards arrived on my doorstep. Dean Wareham, former front...

  • John Cooper
    Mar 07, 2018

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

  • Matt
    Mar 20, 2017

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

    Not a huge Luna or G500 fan, but I did like his writing style and some of the road stories are laugh out loud funny! ...

    dean's a very plain writer in a good way, both stylistically good and good in that me dumb and like book to b easy to read @ work. good stuff ...

    Could not put it down. Funny real life rock band stuff. Loved it ...

    disappointed in this. writing was bad and meandering, no point to it at all. ...

  • May
    Nov 18, 2018

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...

    From a former Luna fan - Dean unintentionally paints himself as being a relic from a world of dude rock that is fortunately going extinct. He comes off as a boring and misogynistic self-involved prick. If you?re a fan of his music do yourself a favor and skip out on this one! Not onl...

  • David Glass
    Oct 22, 2018

    Anticipation My review below isn't really a review of the book after I read it. It's a whole lot of ideas in anticipation of the publication of the book. I have read the book since then and loved it. -------------------------------------------- Luna and Dean Wareham ? ...

    Dean Wareham's account of the music industry in the late 80s, 90s, and early 00s, and his personal experiences with it throughout those years makes for a riveting read. His recording and tour travelogs are flushed out into a smooth and engaging narrative. Not only has Dean helped creat...

    As a Galaxie, Luna, and Wareham fan in general, I was a little wary of this book; Dean has a reputation for being a bit of a prick. And in the end, I do think he comes off as rather self-absorbed; as another reviewer points out, he often quotes his own lyrics, which feels very pretenti...

    Let me start by saying I love your music Dean!! But if you went to Harvard you certainly can't tell by your writing. Aside from the elementary writing I found the story choppy and have more questions now than answers given about two of my favorite bands. As penance for giving the revie...

    This is essentially Dean's annotated tour diaries, which works a lot better than you would think. There isn't really much big picture commentary on the music industry, as some of the book descriptions imply. But there is enough there for the reader to draw their own conclusions about h...

    I'm a big fan of rock biographies, but not so much rock autobiographies. Biographies have authors who are somewhat removed from the subject's life, but when the subject is writing his own story, personal biases and maybe fear of revealing oneself too much get in the way. This book is p...

    This book gives a great deal of insight into the mind of Dean Wareham, lead singer of Galaxie 500, Luna, co lead in Dean and Britta. It reads much more like an autobiography of a person in bands than anything else. Like true autobiographies, it begins in childhood back in New Zealand. ...

    Dean Wareham - the frontman for Galaxie 500, Luna and most recently, Dean & Britta - has compiled his thoughts and diary excerpts since the beginning of his interest and participation in music history. His autobiography is quite frank, from the break-up of Galaxie 500 in the early ...

    Possibly the best music biography I've read. While I may not be as big a fan of Wareham as I might be of The Smiths, he might not be as famous as John Lydon, and he may not have the cult status of Kim Gordon, it is wipes out all of the above in terms of its humour, honesty and wit. War...

    I had not heard of Dean Wareham or Luna when I started reading this book. I took it on as a bit of a burden simply because it was this month's book club book and I try to be a good member, even though reading is not compulsory. I have to say though, this book won me over pretty much...

    This book is everything you want from a rock n roll page-turner. Dean writes in a way that makes him feel like he could easily be your friend- he's flippant yet affable. He doesn't hold back on his opinions about other bands, the industry, his friends, and his loves or trysts, which is...

    Maybe I'm being too harsh with my review, but I don't think so-- many of the features that would make you think a Dean Wareham book a lay-up of pure pleasure are missing here. The man is known through his lyrics for being funny and suave, quick with a good natured sizing up and pinning...

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Black Postcards author Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham, singer and primary songwriter for Galaxie 500 and later Luna, has written a different kind of rock story ? the indie-rock underdog?s life story. Sure, there?s sex and drugs and rock ?n?...

    I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the omission of one piece of trivia. At the last show in Vancouver Dean looked up at the balcony and saw around 15 people (myself and Tim J included) all standing on the shelf against the back wall, which is used just for drinks. He did a dou...

    Written by Dean from Luna, which is one of my favorite all time bands. After reading this book (which I scarfed down in one day), I feel like I know Dean as an intimiate friend - all of his life was opened to full display, including the drugs, sex and rock & roll. I recommend this ...

    eh. a singer/songwriter writes his memoir. he quotes his own lyrics. i would never do that if i were writing my memoir. he describes being given cookies after a bookstore gig as "infantile". what a grumpy pants. ...

    This book is awesome. I love a good rock memoir, and this is exactly what I've been looking for: hating your bandmates, bloated egos, going home with girls in the audience... such foreign things to me, but makes for a juicy vicarious read. ...

    I'm a huge Galaxie 500 fan, lucky enough to have caught them live and buy their records as they were released. I own a handful of Luna records but never found them as essential as Galaxie. Having read Naomi's account of life in Galaxie and now having read Dean's I'm mainly struck by th...

    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 for a Scotch with Stephen and Katrina of the Pastels. Stephen Pastel was trained as a l...

    One of my favorite memoirs. Dean Wareham's "Black Postcards" doesn't so much express the highs of being in rock as it does the lows, and doldrums. Juggling a dissolving marriage and second band must have been as rough as trying to find the correct address to a venue in the middle of No...