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33 Days For Days In The Summer Of , Divine Weeks Toured 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 S Indie Alt Rock Band Divine Weeks First Tour 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 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 I absolutely adored this book This book was one of my favorites because it combined some of my favorite aspects of books nonfiction, music beautifully I actually first purchased this book because I was browsing books I wanted, and it appeared as one of the recommended books I clicked on it, looked at the summary, and decided to purchase it, because it seemed like such a great deal I soon found out, that this is a book about growing up, and becoming who you are As Divine Weeks made their way across North America, sharing their Los Angeles music with the Canada and the United States, Raj and Bill, along with the rest of the band, realized what their dreams were, and discovered how deep their love for music was Their hearts and souls were poured into the music, and to understand how passionate Divine Weeks was about the music they performed and recorded, was a wonderful experience Additionally, the book was just an eyeopener, in that it depicted the good hearts of the people who just want to stick up for what they believe in, have fun, and make their dreams come true I recommended visiting the book s website www.33DaysTheBook.com either while reading the book, or after you ve finished so that you can hear some of the music the author discusses and see unofficial soundtrack, for both of these made the book even better for me Overall, just a great novel 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 success in the 80s.In this memoir, See has collected together journal entries and memories to create much 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 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.Reviewed by Maria Savva as a reviewer for Bookpleasures.com. Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll Many people see the life of a touring rock band as one long party A life of limos, jets, and tour buses with roadies and groupies taking care of all your needs For some bands it is For most it isn t.In 33 Days Bill See tells the story of the first national tour of Divine Weeks, a Los Angeles based band, during the summer of 1987 As the subtitle explains, instead of jets and groupies it was Touring In A Van, Sleeping On Floors, Chasing A Dream 33 Days is also the story of what the majority of bands that make it past the local level experience Playing in clubs where a sellout means a couple hundred people, not tens of thousands and weeknight shows where you hope you ll make enough to earn gas money to make it to your next gig ten or twelve hours down the highway.The music fan in me liked 33 Days for the inside look at what touring is like for the kind of band I ve gravitated to for the last several years I had a clue multiply a pittance of a cover charge by forty or fifty and compare that with a quick barebones estimate of expenses But, you can t get a sense of the highs and lows unless you live it, even if only vicariously For those interested in such things 33 Days delivers.All readers, even if they don t give a hoot about the workings of the music business, will still find a compelling tale In many ways, this is a classic coming of age story For See, this tour is a chance to escape his dysfunctional family and test his own limits Many of his band mates have home issues they re also working out How this group of young men come together as a team while dealing with their individual issues is a story anyone could learn from and enjoy.As an avid reader of indie books, I frequently cite recent music business history as an explanation of where the publishing business is going 33 Days is a primer on how that will happen Indie authors who lament how much work it takes to get their book noticed could learn from the ethos of See and Divine Weeks Originally written for Books and Pals book blog. We all have dreams Some of us pursue them, relentlessly, and often to the detriment of anyone or anything that gets in our way Some of us say, It s all too hard and then spend the rest of our damned lives wondering What if This is about four amazing human beings that chased their dream Without causing damage to anyone else on the journey at least not with intent.In 1987, four young men shared a common dream They hungered for that bright shining star in their sky, and they had the guts to go in search of it They didn t understand on the day they left L.A just how deeply committed they would need to be to the music and each other The 33 days of their journey altered their lives forever.Bill See the author kept a journal of those 33 days that changed the lives of he and his friends I am so glad that he did, for had he not I may have never had the delight of taking that trip with him, here and now in 2011 For such is the quality of this Author s work that you can t be anywhere else, you are there, in the van, on the road, meeting sleazebags, saints, and sinners in all the wrong places at all the right times.Meet the band members of Divine Weeks Bill See The author of this book and the singer with the band it all begins with Bill he was 22 years old and hungered after a dream Not to be super famous, not to live a life of sex drugs and rock n roll , that s not what this was about He believed that it would be for the good of all and not merely about the dreams of one His dysfunctional early life had him searching for a pristine moment of clarity, a moment when all the pain and the insecurity would merge and become a musical voice, a musical voice of honesty, a musical voice of integrity The music and the making of it, the memory, the chance to do it and get it right How many of us wish we had the balls to go for it and make it happen I smell the back of the van after days on the road, no windows, no air, all fodder for memories he recounts that will make you laugh out loud just before your eyes fill with tears and you catch yourself nodding in agreement and understanding Bill See is a fine author he brings the pages alive and makes you belong for the duration of the journey you share it from the inside.Meet Raj The lead guitarist A young man raised in the belief that family and tradition were all there was Raised to believe that seeking an individual dream was somehow betraying what and who you were Of the four band members, Raj s and Bill s stories touched me deeply they struggled with the yearning to make it as a part of this thing, this music, and this band They fought against everything they had been taught to believe to just once just once step outside the family and their demands and go for the dream The moments of reflection into their individual personas show just how very close the band members became They were brothers, unasked, and unrelentingly brothers all.Meet George The Bass Player Larger than life and twice as funny ultimately belonging to the band allowed him to move beyond his preplanned and preordained life.Meet Dave The drummer Dave is a street smart survivor, with a huge heart and the gift of the gab He has the ability to keep the guys centred when this road trip hits the dark edges.Meet Ian The Road ManagerThe only non band member on the tour The doer of all things miraculous, Ian s steady hand, and calm demeanor helped keep the dream on track.I read this book way ahead of schedule Naively thinking I could pick it up and put it down over a period of time Wrong I began reading and the sunrise startled me into finding I had read all of it throughout the night and had lost myself in its pages.Do yourselves a favor folks, if you only read one non fiction book this year make it this one I am left with a knowing smile on my face and the realization that I have just shared in something quite wonderful.A couple of quotes from the book 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 It s not about the having and getting, it s about the being and becomingwe re artists, wounded birds descending, ascending always chasing the muse. As a musician myself, I am always interested on the hardships my fellow music makers endure for their art, which is why this book appealed to me Besides having a great premise for all kinds of strange things to happen guys touring in a teeny tiny van for a month Yes, bound to be outrageous , it promised to a unique view into an indie band s first official tour.I enjoyed this book It s not nearly as goofy as I thought it would be, but in this case that s a good thing From one member s guilt at leaving his family behind to tour, to a penny pinching club owner who refused to pay the band the twenty measly dollars he owed them, we as the readers are plunged into the world of music that we don t see every day There are issues, of course, with the writing itself Some playing with tenses that confused matters instead of making them interesting and a few grammatical issues, but nothing that would send you running for your smelling salts.It is a fun read, sometimes edging on melancholic in a good way that reveals so much about the music industry as well as the dedicated musicians who dare to step up and play. 33 Days Touring In a Van Sleeping On Floors Chasing A Dream is based on indie rock band Divine Weeks first foray into touring a loose term by an means in the Summer of 1987 Inspired by DIY elders The Minutemen Black Flag, See and his other bandmates seize the moment of their time as a local popular band in LA to spread their live music beyond LA s insular perimeter, hop into a van rented to them by the good graces of a friend as none of them even have credit cards to experience life On the Road It is a fun blast from the past for Indie Rockers as the author references the music of the time Husker Du, The Replacements, The Smiths, Jane s Addiction and of course R.E.M throughout the book The author is adept at creating atmosphere of what it must of been like traveling in a van with 5 guys whose probably sole sustenance was big box cereal, pizza beer ew His descriptions of the venues they play are nuanced giving you a true feel for life on the road as an indie band This was not a band backed by major record label by any means Affording gas money and basic needs such as safe tires for the van are a constant challenge for these guys The main characters in the book, or bandmates and tour manager another loose term are all engaging with different plights in life Lead singer and character Bill is insightful, poetic and ever challenging his bandmates Guitarist Raj is battling his family s cultural expectations George, the Bassist with a nagging girlfriend at home is truly at a crossroads trying to decide whether or not to pursue Grad school for Englisht Lit Drummer Dave is the practical one of the group remembering to bring a toolbox for van repairs while Bill has only managed to remember his mix tapes and journal Ian, the tour manager offers the non musician perspective.As Raj, the guitarist is of East Indian descent, race relations are dealt with in a spot on natural way, never didactic You can always find some ignorant person in a bar who still believes the color of your skin is the most crucial aspect of one s being and there is a significant scene where Raj is picked on by an invariably low brow scary woman for being a Paki It is one of the many heartfelt and poignant moments in the book where friendship trumps all and strengthens the band s intent.In some respects the book is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as See shares insight to his upbringings, a classic case of a dysfunctional family See s writing is emotionally touching without ever becoming sappy or self pitying Raised by a single mother and his grandparents without ever knowing his father, music is a form of salvation for him Now was Divine Weeks the long lost band of the 80 s Most likely not but if you venture on to the book s website to listen to the band s music you can hear their simmering soulfulness, songs written with integrity and solidly crafted music that is undeniably rockist.If you appreciate good music with integrity obviously quite a relative term or some of the bands referenced, wonder what it s like to chase your dream no matter how scary or impossible it might seem you will enjoy this book It is truly a story of friendships, how they grow and are challenged over the course of being On the Road together basically a life and dream affirming, humorous coming of age story. 33 Days Touring In a Van Sleeping On Floors Chasing A Dream is based on indie rock band Divine Weeks first foray into touring a loose term by an means in the Summer of 1987 Inspired by DIY elders The Minutemen Black Flag, See and his other bandmates seize the moment of their time as a local popular band in LA to spread their live music beyond LA s insular perimeter, hop into a van rented to them by the good graces of a friend as none of them even have credit cards to experience life On the Road It is a fun blast from the past for Indie Rockers as the author references the music of the time Husker Du, The Replacements, The Smiths, Jane s Addiction and of course R.E.M throughout the book The author is adept at creating atmosphere of what it must of been like traveling in a van with 5 guys whose probably sole sustenance was big box cereal, pizza beer ew His descriptions of the venues they play are nuanced giving you a true feel for life on the road as an indie band This was not a band backed by major record label by any means Affording gas money and basic needs such as safe tires for the van are a constant challenge for these guys The main characters in the book, or bandmates and tour manager another loose term are all engaging with different plights in life Lead singer and character Bill is insightful, poetic and ever challenging his bandmates Guitarist Raj is battling his family s cultural expectations George, the Bassist with a nagging girlfriend at home is truly at a crossroads trying to decide whether or not to pursue Grad school for Englisht Lit Drummer Dave is the practical one of the group remembering to bring a toolbox for van repairs while Bill has only managed to remember his mix tapes and journal Ian, the tour manager offers the non musician perspective.As Raj, the guitarist is of East Indian descent, race relations are dealt with in a spot on natural way, never didactic You can always find some ignorant person in a bar who still believes the color of your skin is the most crucial aspect of one s being and there is a significant scene where Raj is picked on by an invariably low brow scary woman for being a Paki It is one of the many heartfelt and poignant moments in the book where friendship trumps all and strengthens the band s intent.In some respects the book is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as See shares insight to his upbringings, a classic case of a dysfunctional family See s writing is emotionally touching without ever becoming sappy or self pitying Raised by a single mother and his grandparents without ever knowing his father, music is a form of salvation for him Now was Divine Weeks the long lost band of the 80 s Most likely not but if you venture on to the book s website to listen to the band s music you can hear their simmering soulfulness, songs written with integrity and solidly crafted music that is undeniably rockist.If you appreciate good music with integrity obviously quite a relative term or some of the bands referenced, wonder what it s like to chase your dream no matter how scary or impossible it might seem you will enjoy this book It is truly a story of friendships, how they grow and are challenged over the course of being On the Road together basically a life and dream affirming, humorous coming of age story. ll be honest, if I were walking by this book in a bookstore I might have kept walking because it isn t my usual type of read, but that is exactly why I love GoodReads I come across so many wonderful reading opportunities that normal wandering in my usual sections might not bring to light I read the premise for this book and instantly knew I would love the journey that was bound to take place A bunch of young peeps playing in a rock band experiencing the highs and lows sex, drugs and rock and roll I instantly wanted it I was so excited and surprised when Bill See emailed me direct and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing an eBook copy HELLS YES GoodReads Summary of this book For 33 days in the summer of 1987, Divine Weeks toured 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 Liberated from alcoholic upbringings and rigi For 33 days in the summer of 1987, Divine Weeks toured 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 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.Being the little girl growing up who sung at the top of her lungs every moment I could, I completely understood this book To this day, I have a guitar that I was given years ago that I would love to learn how to play, but still it sits there gathering dust My mother has taught me a few songs, but it just doesn t come to me without a teacher Deep down inside, I still think I can be Sheryl Crow Who doesn t at some point in their lives think they want and can be a rock n roll star Music helps me escape and purge any pent up feelings Hell it s the best part of working out what better way to forget I am running on a treadmill It is how I wake up in the morning and most days in the background as well As Bill See says,.until music permeated my bloodstream, I was just walking around dodging bullets Music, I feel, is the way to someone s soul It touches me in ways other things, people included, cannot It allows me to feel feelings that I never knew I could, or would I can sing about heart ache, my truck being broken down, smoking a doobie, whatever As long as it hits the heart and I can feel the beat, it doesn t matter And I can t really feel music unless it is pounding from the inside It just feels me up and pours out of me I am and always will be that little girl who got sent outside because my singing was so loud it was annoying my parents and probably after awhile, the neighbors This quote from the book, We know music can t change the world, but music changed our world, and it could change theirs It s not even like we re trying to convince anyone our music can change their world We re just trying to show people we feel reborn doing what we re meant to do is the epitome of what I feel.Each of the people Bill See talks about in this book are fascinating in their own way and I really enjoy how he incorporates his growth and development from being around them without losing the reality of life My favorite part of the whole book though, is the realization he needs to play Raj, I say quietly to him Soon it ll be too late You ll be married and I ll be bitter Let s make everyone of those motherfuckers down there know our name I relate to so much of what he says regarding being eaten alive by the audience, taken advantage of by the club managers and then being racially assaulted while simply out being human This is alive in my world of retail as I hate to call it customer service because then I feel like a servant to customers Bill relates this quote a few times throughout the book, a saying from Tom Joad, A fella ain t got a soul of his own, just a little piece of a big soul The one big soul that belongs to everyone Other moments that truly grabbed me Aside from maybe Springsteen, there s no rock stars for role models They ve all let me down It s like they all lusted after stardom and once there, looked us in the eye and then fled I ve stood there outside after shows and watch them treat fans like an annoyance, get whisked away in their limos and isolate themselves in their extravagance and wealth only to moan about it later I m done with it I used to think all heaven was an ear, but it s like I ve been screaming in to the void eulogizing stalled dreams but I never stopped that one continuous plea So it went someone s got to save me Tom Hasse is going to be here in just a few to pick me up so we can go rent the van No one will rent to us because none of us have a credit card, and we re all under 25 Then my friend Dave Silva told me his friend Tom would lay down his credit card for us to rent the van Now, I don t know if ol Tom s just too stoned to know better than to rent a van for a rock band going on tour for over a month A band that s not even traveling with the guy who rented the van A band that s not only taking the van outside California, but clear out of the freaking country.One suggestion with this book would have been to add a CD compilation to this book that has the music with it I loved each and every song listed in this book and found myself going to YouTube to find and listen to the songs while I read Songs like Let It Be by the Replacements and Inner City Blues by Marvin Gaye and Bad by U2 and everything from The Who to R.E.M He references Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers which makes my insides squeal like the little girl I will always be Oh how I love Free Bird The connection of the bands is so cool hearing about Kurt Cobain and the differences between indie post punk rock, heavy influenced bands and hard rock glam like GunsNRoses I SO heart you guys and then even explaining Jane s Addiction I found myself even looking up the songs I had never heard of and playing them I also spent some time googling his band trying to find videos of them playing just to formulate a better picture with sound, in my head.33 Days Touring in a Van Sleeping on Floors Chasing a Dream is a fantastic book that kept me riveted, laughing and yes, occasionally, even, cringing I loved the camaraderie, the stories of these guys before they went on this trip and how they survived during The difficulty in breaking out and doing for yourself what your family and parent s may not understand you need to do, is something all kids face I know I still feel the need to seek approval and know they are happy for me The need to get out and place my stamp on the world Be big and be bold or go home Bill See shows great humility and humbleness in this experience.Once again, I am enad with my eReader because I kept being able to look up books with a touch of my finger and also highlight and take notes which are easily pulled up with the Content button also a simple touch of the screen Woop There it is I have already told Saint that he must read this He is an even bigger music fan than I am As is my Aunt Sara, which please know when you read this post, I will be sending you a copy when it s published in April YOU will love this book A BIG thanks to Bill See for sending me an email inviting me to review his book I really enjoyed the ride. As a music and autobiography lover, this book was right up my alley And it did not disappoint Bill See has a talent for writing and his style is easy to read and follow His book turned out to be very inspiring and encouraging for those who have a dream but hesitate to take a step into the unknown to follow that dream What will happen if you don t take that chance And what will happen if you do In the summer of 87, Bill and his fellow band members have become well known around LA with their indie band, Divine Weeks They have determined that the time has come for them to spread their wings and see if they can make the big time They know they will never have this chance again Following in the footsteps of their favorite Indie bands, they embark on a 33 day tour into Canada and around the U.S in a rented van.For the next 33 days, Bill gives you a first person account of what it is like not knowing where you will sleep that night, playing you heart out to a nearly empty venue, and hoping for the kindness of strangers They are on their own for the first time in their lives Each venue and city they play a gig in becomes a learning experience for them They play in dive bars and clubs often than not, run into owners who try to get away with not paying or docking their pay, and spend some time in seedy motels.They do radio interviews, including one with a lunatic DJ in Canada, and a cable TV spot in St Louis Anything to gain hype to fill the clubs they are playing It is very obvious throughout the book that the band members believe in their music and talent and are dedicated to their mission There are many hilarious moments and just as many disappointments along the way.As the days go by, each of the guys learns about themselves and what is ultimately important to them Bill had a very chaotic upbringing with a mother hung up on drugs and alcohol He never knew his father and was ultimately raised in a house with his mother, grandparents, and aunt Music became an escape from his crazy life at home Not surprisingly, his family was not supportive of his musical dreams Bits of interesting and touching information from his life turn up throughout the book which gives you an even better insight into why Bill feels he must take the chance now or give up his dream Raj, who is the bands talented Indian guitar player, quickly became one of my favorites The band faces their first eye opening experience of the discrimination Raj has endured throughout his life for having brown skin The trip itself is very hard on Raj His Indian heritage dictates that he is not to leave his family, especially when they are in need Somehow Raj forces himself to go on the tour and seems to battle daily with the guilt of his decision I really felt sorry for him.Bill does a great job with his descriptions which enables you to feel as if you know and can see the people and places he is experiencing The book also ended my favorite way Bill lets you know what happened to each of the band members and where their lives have taken them I hate being left to wonder what eventually happened to everyone I thought the book was great and if Bill See were to write anything in the future, I would be sure to check it out He has the talent to pull a reader in and keep their attention You can t ask for better than that


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