33 Days: Touring In A Van, Sleeping On Floors, Chasing A Dream

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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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33 Days is basically a coming of age, on the road story -- it just happens to be a true story.  That's why I wrote it like a novel, a docu-novel, I'm calling it.  The tour we went on was one of those now or never experiences. Take a shot at making the band work or leave it all behind and go your separate ways.  Every one of us has that moment where we have to decide to either live our dreams or give up and regret it for the rest of our lives.  It was a time where everything seemed possible.

It's an interesting time for putting out books, particularly for self published authors.  Much like a few years ago with the music industry. 
For me, D.I.Y. is in my blood from putting out my own records, touring, self-generating hype, and making people take notice. We (Divine Weeks) got signed to a bigger label that way so I don't see marketing a self published book all that differently.  I see young bands today utilize facebook, youtube, twitter and blogs and wish we would have had those at our disposal back in the day.  Promoting 33 Days is like my chance to modernize the old D.I.Y. punk ethos I learned from Black Flag and the Minutemen.  I think I have a  unique insider's perspective having watched the music industry revolutionized by the internet during my band days, and now I'm entering the literary fray while arguably the same thing is happening to it.  The music industry was torn down by people going DIY, and I never shed a tear over it.  If the insular exclusive world of the publishing world is blown open by self publishing, I'm all for it.

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"This is the best rock band story I've ever read. This is a good book to buy now before it is snapped up by a major. You'll have the real first edition of the best indie book I perhaps have ever read." - Hubert O'Hearn, By The Book Reviews, 7/15/11

"Bill gives you a good picture of what it was like to be in a band, on tour, loving music and hanging out in LA in the 80's. I was there as well and I can tell you that it's all true--this was our life, our reality. It certainly takes me back and reminds me of why it all mattered so much at the time."  - Steve Wynn, Dream Syndicate, Underground Music Pioneer.

"What Bill See articulates so perfectly in "33 Days" is the realization that life moves at light speed, and there's never a better time than the present to turn dreams into reality. The circumstances may be tough and the window of opportunity small, but See appreciates that if rock n roll is the gateway to happiness, then let the music play."  - Stuart Levine, Variety

"At once universal and deeply personal, this is a coming-of-age story for the D.I.Y. generation. Read this and know what "indie" was when it still meant "independent." - Conrad Heiney, Substitute Live Journal

"Bill See thoughtfully and effectively captures the pathos and promise that fuels a young musician's dreams and punctuates the grit and grandeur of life on the road with his poignant and nuanced memoir." - Spencer Proffer, Music Producer and Media Architect.

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