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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143115480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143115489
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Black Postcards In this wickedly honest and unsparing account of a journey through the music world, "Black Postcards" captures what has happened, for good and ill, to the entire ecosystem of popular music from someone who's been there. Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran Cooke on 19 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I started seriously getting into music in the late eighties, early nineties when the indie/alternative scene in America began to grow. This era produced some great bands like Buffalo Tom, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yo La Tengo and Eleventh Dream Day.
Grunge was about to hit big and the alternative suddenly became the mainstream.

One of the bands that really caught my attention at this time was Galaxie 500. They had a very distinctive sound & style that set them apart from their contemporaries but unfortunately they split up after three albums. Dean Wareham was the front man and went on to form Luna (it has to be said that the rhythm section of Damon & Naomi are also very talented and have produced some fantastic music of their own over the years).

This is an unflinchingly honest memoir from Wareham.
It certainly does not paint life in a rock band in a romantic light. The problem for Luna was that while they were critically acclaimed and grew a reasonable following they did not get so big that they could enjoy a lucrative lifestyle.
The life of a touring rock band is very well captured, the endless hotels, the drugs, and the gigs, some well attended others not so.
Wareham has a witty style and is not afraid to paint some of his friends in a not so great light.
Black Postcards is a very entertaining read for the casual music fan but especially so for a fan of Wareham's music
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Speeding on 4 Jun. 2009
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I am a fan of the Galaxie 500 output and I bought Luna's Penthouse album on the week of release. I bought the Dean Wareham solo 12 inch EP when it came out and the Piere Etoile, Damon and Naomi 12 inch around the same time. I was also fortunate enough to see Galaxie 500 play at the legendary Riverside club in Newcastle twice - and bought the On Fire t-shirt from them as they sold them from the stage - I also still have the signed cassette of the On Fire album! It is fair to say though that I have been a very casual fan of Dean Wareham and his output since the early 90s. This book has however re-ignited my interest in him and his music. The book is written with such care and consideration for the small details of life on tour, and the many trials and tribulations of recording in dodgy recording studios, and the many distractions that they provide, that you can almost taste the stale air and feel the dust and sticky carpets of the terrain and environments that Dean Wareham has inhabited during his often drug-fuelled life as a 'semi-rock star'.

Dean clearly has very affectionate memories for the various genres of people that he has encountered along his 'alternative' musical journey - he loves people, yet he also derives an uneasy contentment with his own company. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves maverick music produced by maverick musicians. Some of the inane conversations and situations regaled in this book are quite This is Spinal Tap in comparison and Dean's dry, wry wit, with his tongue firmly planted in both cheeks, entertains you like a bloody good night out with bloody good people, listening to a bloody good band, while drinking bloody good beer - bloody satisfying!

This is a wonderful book by a highly intelligent musician whose appreciation for intellectual humour and the ever evolving social landscape of the modern world provides delightful reading on every page - it is often unputdownable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. F. Abbott on 4 May 2010
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I've wanted to read this for ages and am now wallowing in the afterglow of having just finished it.
Black postcards is well written and absorbing covering Wareham's childhood through to the end of Luna. It's intimate, personal, honest and I would recommend it to anyone who has fallen in love with Wareham's work at any point in their life.
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By Dan J. on 5 Feb. 2015
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Great book, been trying to get hold of this for years. I'm really enjoying it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Horace Wimp on 15 July 2011
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I'm a Galaxie 500 fan who had never much bothered with Luna. Really enjoyed this. Wareham's writing style is very readable and i would have raced through the book even quicker had i not been stopping to check out the many bands he mentions that i'd forgotten about or never heard of. Plus it put me on to the Dean and Britta version of 'Moonshot' that is brilliant! Recommended.
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