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Black Postcards: A Rock and Roll Romance
One of the founding members of severely underappreciated '80s slowcore band Galaxie 500, lounge-rock group Luna, and half of the duo Dean and Britta, Dean Wareham has made a life out of almost, but not quite, breaking through to fame and stardom. Rolling Stone magazine once declared Luna "the greatest band you never heard of", and that pretty much sums up most of Wareham's career. With Black Postcards, every last awful detail about being a middle-rung rockstar is laid bare: the booze, the pills, the anonymous hookups with groupies during European tours, and the inevitable breakup(of both the band, and later, his marriage). While that's oddly entertaining in itself, what's even more interesting is Wareham's tales of the indie rock explosion of the late '80s to mid '90s, and the subsequent rise and fall of the grunge era. Through it all, Wareham provides a brutally honest, often ugly look at the frustrating position of being marginally successful in the music industry.
Black postcards : a rock & roll romance