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For 33 days in the summer of 1987, Divine Weeks set off on tour in a beat up old Ford Econoline Van, sleeping on strangers' floors, never sure they'd make enough gas money to get them to the next town. This deeply personal, coming of age, on the road memoir follows critically acclaimed 80s indie alt rock band Divine Weeks' first tour of the U.S. and Canada. Liberated from alcoholic upbringings and rigid cultural constraints, all they have is their music and each other's friendship. The road is filled with ...
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For 33 days in the summer of 1987, Divine Weeks set off on tour in a beat up old Ford Econoline Van, sleeping on strangers' floors, never sure they'd make enough gas money to get them to the next town. This deeply personal, coming of age, on the road memoir follows critically acclaimed 80s indie alt rock band Divine Weeks' first tour of the U.S. and Canada. Liberated from alcoholic upbringings and rigid cultural constraints, all they have is their music and each other's friendship. The road is filled with yuppies, brothels, riots, sleeping on floors, spiked drinks, DJs with no pants, and battles with racism. They set out on the road to discovery to drink in all they could and maybe sell a few records. They grew up instead.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780557758814
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,149,351
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

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    'It's not about the having and the getting, it's about the being

    'It's not about the having and the getting, it's about the being and becoming.'
    The story of a 33 day tour by the band Divine Weeks. Bill See, the author, was the lead singer of the L.A. band who enjoyed some notoriety in the '80s.
    In this memoir, See has collected together journal entries and memories to create much more than just a tour diary. He documents the tour with a great descriptive narrative that really captures the moment and brings his memories to life. He also talks about his own dysfunctional home life, which in some ways spurred him on to chase his dream.

    See is a talented writer, who is able to impart wisdom and knowledge through his prose.

    I enjoyed reading about the band's progression from an unknown group who played only weekday gigs in their home town, to a successful band touring nationwide. But this is not just a story about the band's journey, it's also about the individual band members' personal journeys along the way. See's introspective and thought-provoking prose make the book a compulsive and insightful read.
    We follow the band on their first real tour, across the US and Canada in 1987, where they play small venues, often to a handful of people. But the band's passion is such that they are determined to do anything to reach their dream of one day becoming real rock stars. They survive with hardly any money and sleep in a van and cheap hotels, or even on friends' floors. There is a lot of humour sprinkled throughout the book which makes it an enjoyable read. I liked the fact that the author has included photographs of memorable parts of the tour and his life in the book. It gives an extra dimension to the story.

    As well as being an enthralling tour diary, this book deals with such subjects as family life, alcoholism, racism, dysfunctional families, relationships, friendship, loyalty, and the power of dreams.
    Divine Weeks's story is an inspirational one that shows what someone can achieve if they follow their dream. The author captures the essence of the book best, when he says: 'This book is for everyone who's stood at their crossroads with a dream screaming inside wondering whether to choose the road that goes off the map or fold up their tent and head back home.'

    Highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Trip of torture and release It felt more like 99 days on the ro

    Trip of torture and release

    It felt more like 99 days on the road. That is both the beauty and Achilles’ heel of this story. Mr. See goes into great detail describing the events he and his mates endure as they attempt to become the “new sound” and follow in the footsteps of “Husker Du,” “Jane’s Addiction,” “Black Flag,” and the  “Minutemen.”
    He unveils to the reader how trying such a trip can be. Imagine being cooped up with your best friends for over thirty-three days in an eight by ten box. Trying is a kind word to say the least. 
    The pros. The story and the insightful details we are given of the band members and their divergent personalities truly let us know who we are reading about. For the most part, this is a rag-tag group of individuals flung together (except Dave, who is contemplating grad school) who have no idea what path their lives are traveling. The one thing they can agree on is, it’s time to get away from their dysfunctional, overbearing and non-understanding families, hit the road, and let their music be their voice. The road will be there escape from the walls of LA, and with luck, the start of a true following.
    You feel the pain and uncertainty of this group as they travel through Canada and the States in an effort to find themselves and build a fan base for a Fall tour. This is very enlightening and enjoyable. 
    The cons.  Seriously? Three epilogues? I found this a bit jarring and not in the context of the preceding text which was well thought out and depicted.
    What of the four years the band continued to play. Were they successful, or a dismal failure? Why did they disband? Did they find better jobs? Did they tire of each other, or was it time to move on and obtain normal jobs? This was very dissatisfying.
    At times I felt there were too many flashbacks about a troubled childhood with a mother who just couldn’t figure everything out.
    I also found the occasional political inserts a distraction. They added nothing to the story other than the author voicing his opinions when they weren’t solicited. I find it hard to believe that any of the group had time to keep up with current events during this marathon tour. 
    Overall, this isn’t a bad read. It has moments of brilliance that will keep the reader’s attention in understanding exactly what it’s like to tour the country in the hopes of building a fan base. I strongly suggest this work to any would be musicians who are about to embark on a new career. As Mr. See alludes, it’s hard work and requires an immense amount of perseverance and drive. 




    3.5 Stars

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