Thursday, June 16, 2011

33 Days by Bill See review

33 Days: Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream.
5 stars

33 Days: Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream. by Bill See is the true story of the members of Divine Weeks as they embark on their first national tour.  The four band members Bill, Dave, George, and Raj and their road manager Ian cram into the back of an Econoline van ready to share their music with the world.  I am not familiar with the underground or up and coming music scene, but I found this book to be an insightful look into the world of these young mens dreams.  In the days before YouTube and online social media the only real way to get your name to the public was to spread it yourself, and these 4 were willing to do what it took to  bring some attention to their band.  While reading the book you can feel the passion of Bill for the music and the bond that the band mates shared.  In a scene where Raj was confronted with the terrible reality of ignorance and racism the band formed around him and I found myself so angry I wanted to be there to fight on their side.  

Divine Weeks tour is motivated by the bands that they idolized growing up in LA, bands that spread their message in their music and did everything they could to find common ground with a new audience every night.  Scraping by with barely enough money for gas to get from town to town, living off of peanut butter and jelly and whatever meals the could charm or scam their way into, sleeping on the floors of strangers kind enough to open their homes to a rock band they didn't know.  It seems that each member of the band has a time when they are questioning their commitment to the tour due to various pressures that they are under, but when they are onstage the world disappears and the only thing that matters in connecting with the audience.  It would have been amazing to be at a show and see the passion and energy that they brought to their performances.  This story is a great motivator to stop at nothing when you are chasing your dreams.  

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