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Dean Wareham: 'Black Postcards' (2008)
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22. Dean Wareham: 'Black Postcards' (2008)

Dean Wareham led the New York guitar band Luna through the 1990s, after the breakup of his indie outfit Galaxie 500. He shares the dirty details of how tedious it can be to plug away in a semi-famous, halfway-to-the-big-time rock band: the airports, the motels, the bickering band politics, the broken relationships, the constant asking around to see who's got the drugs. Nobody in this story gets rich, or even seems to break even – all anyone gets out of the experience is a couple dozen excellent songs. And that ends up being enough.

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