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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 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 ...more
Paperback, First, 276 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Lulu (first published February 2nd 2011)
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Sarah
"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 th
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Maria
‘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 dysf
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Heaven is a bookstore
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I'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
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Adriana
Wow. I don't know where to start.

This is a great story about all the hard work involved in actually trying to make it as a rock band. It's easy to dismiss those who have enough heart to attempt it as lazy and unmotivated, that they're doing it only because they don't want to get a real job. Well, guess what? This is work. Hard work. Harder than a tedious 9-5 job, because being on the road is 24/7 work.

Also, it's great to read a book where many of the events take place in my native Los Angeles.
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Andrea Guy
Very few memoirs about rockers come across so wonderfully...well..uplifting. This book doesn't deal with fights and egos. What it deals with are a bunch of guys setting out to make it in the music business. It also made me want to hunt down the music of Divine Weeks and give them a listen.

For all intents and purposes, the reader will feel like these guys are wasting their time trying to make it big, but music is hard business to break into and apparently you really should have a day job if you w
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My Little Book World
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
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Al
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
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Ashton
Epic. Just plain epic.
First off, this isn't my usual read. But as I read more and more I was so moved by what was happening with this band. I wish I hadn't been born in 1988. I would've so been a groupie for Divine Weeks!

Bill See tells a wonderful coming of age story here in 33 Days. I laughed, sighed, got angry ( I really wanted that racist lady to get punched in the face....), and the epilogues just really touched me. This story really shows what happens when you have a dream and decide to f
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Gmr
This is the story of DIVINE WEEKS. Who are they? Simply put, people just like you and me that saw a future bigger and brighter just over the next hill and struck out with all cylinders running to capture it. They were a band drawn together by life and friendship that while seeking their rockstar dreams learned more about life and themselves than they ever imagined. Did they succeed in becoming uber famous mega stars? Not exactly or you'd have known who they were from the start, but that's beside ...more
Grady
33 Days Along Star Stream

33 DAYS: TOURING IN A VAN, SLEEPING ON FLOORS, CHASING A DREAM places author Bill See in a new career. This is one of those breakthrough books that very quietly begins as a need form a writer to share a magic period in his life but ends up being one of the more sensitive and touching stories of how a young man joined his companions in blazing a trail of courage to shoot for the stars instead of settling for a flatline life. Yes, this is a memoir about the 33 days in 1987
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Tami
33 days and the adventure of a lifetime. Truly one of those periods of time where dreams became reality, if only for the blink of an eye. In 1987, Divine Weeks (Bill, Raj, George, Dave, and their road manager Ian) stuffed themselves into a back of a beat up old van and went on their first tour (Don’t Hassle It Tour ’87). No roadies, no soundman, playing dives, sleeping on someone’s floor, eating PB&J sandwiches. Music at its purest.

The tour itself is one of those now or never experiences. E
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Valentina
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
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Christine Rothman
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 l ...more
Christine Rothman
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 l ...more
Stacey Danson
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 gut
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Scott
33 Days 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 ...more
The Pen & Muse
For a memoir, See captures a time where the world was changing for the better. 33 Days is a story of a magic time where Bill, Raj, George, and Dave known as Divine Weeks tour for 33 Days around the country, penniless relying on the charity of others. See writes with such heart that you get to know the entire band and what the band went through as artists and as friends. You get to see their inner struggles and how they worked it all out. 33 Days is a very touching memoir that you will want to re ...more
Rae Gee
At the end of the night we're saying goodbye, and Corey pulls me aside and says, “You guys are the first from our little community that's becoming something.” Then he hands me $50 and says, “Bill takes this. We've seen Divine Weeks become something from nothing. You guys are making a lot of us believe we can go and chase our dreams too. Good luck to you guys.”

This was one of those books that came along at just the right time. I was in a funk and needed reminding of why I was chasing my dreams. I
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James Ward
Hey - I posted this long-overdue review on Amazon just now.

Bill See's autobiographical crystalline chronicle of he and his band's shot at making it hits all the right notes. If you've ever wondered if you had the inner stuff to face who you are when confronted with the possibility of getting what you wished for, this is the book. Or as our friend Ziggy Stardust once advised, "You better hold onto yourself."
33 Days is about the real grit, because anyone who has been there knows it ain't never abo
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Whitney
In 1987 four brave men got themselves a rental van, got into the van, and they went into battle. They were going to battle against APATHY!! Practically every night for a month, these emotionally expressive and musical men arranged themselves and their instruments in front of various sized audiences and they made a lot of noise and bared their very SOULS onstage, and most people were like, "Hey you guys, feel free to sleep on my floor tonight."

And the band was like, "Great. We don't have to sleep
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Jennifer Walker
33 Days is your classic coming of age story, but it is so much more than that. It's about putting your life on the line for a dream, making things happen for yourself, making sacrifices for your art, and about leaving behind all the reasons why you shouldn't do what you love and try to make it. It's also about friendship and the pure joy of being young, with the whole world in front of you.

In listening to Divine Weeks's music on the http://www.33daysthebook.com/ website, it's easy to see why Bil
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Karen
33 Days: Touring in a Van. Sleeping on Floors. Chasing a Dream., is really several stories wrapped up into one book. It is a road trip story, a coming of age story, a story of friendships, loyalty, idealism, racism and a story of dysfunctional families.
At times these conflicting themes disrupted the flow but all were essential to the telling of 33 Days. Leave out one element and you miss the driving force of what made Divine Weeks hit the road in the first place and ultimately what made them fal
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Caitlin
Bill See and I are about the same age and spent lots of time in similar music scenes - him as a musician, me as a manager/promoter/bass player's girlfriend. When he pitched his book to me I thought, "Why not?"

33 Days is a memoir that Mr. See based off of the journal he kept during the first tour with his first band, Divine Weeks. If you've never been in or around a music scene, this book is great for capturing the flavor of what it's really like. The indie movement was built on a DIY philosophy
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Steven Turner
“Touring in a van. Sleeping on floors. Chasing a dream.” This is the tagline of this book and it sums it up very well. Divine Weeks is an “indie” band from the late ‘80’s L.A music scene, during the height of the DIY movement. What that meant is that the band does all their bookings, most of their own promotion. No tours sponsored by Pepsi or anybody else, just go out there and play your you-know-what’s off. Bill See is the band’s front man and the story is told from a collection of writings fro ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
It's the late 80s. MTV still played music videos. Bill See and his band are on the road for the first time. Traveling on a shoestring budget (and a ton of good luck and good will by others), Bill and the band are living the dream or what they think is their dream. Their tour will take them from LA to Canada and back again. The book reads like sort of a journal, a very no-holds barred journal. This style of writing may not work for everyone but it worked for me in this context. I really thought t ...more
L.E.Olteano
I was very cautious going into this experience, I guarded myself quite well. For some reason, I was utterly afraid such a story would become the epic of debauchery and over-glorified rock-godly human figures, which is, you know, fine by me, as long as we get to see pictures of it :D Seriously though, I was very guarded before actually starting to read it.
And then, after the first few pages, I was completely disarmed. To my stupor, it wasn’t the epic of people becoming rock gods, but of young(ish
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Jeff Dawson
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. Tryin
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Alice Yeh
In the summer of 1987, LA-based band Divine Weeks went on its first (inter)national tour. Instead of limousines and entourages and fancy hotels, however, they lived out of the back of an increasingly fetid van, slept on strangers' floors, and, on occasion, begged for food. For the band, however, it was more than music: it was an opportunity to live. Lead singer Bill See's 33 Days lets us share in the experience.

From the get-go, one can tell that there's something special about this group and its
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Cindy
Bill See's 33 Days is a wonderful read -- this book captures the essence of what it was to chase a dream. In this case the dream was making a name for a burgeoning L.A. indie band, Divine Weeks, by touring through the US and Canada in the summer of 1987. Lead singer, See, kept a journal of their days on the road and converted it into this gripping "memoir." Reading it takes you back to a time in life when dreams don't have boundaries, when everything is possible. It's anchored in the real-life s ...more
Coral
On-the-road-to-greatness!

OK, a little self-confession here. I used to sing from when I was young, up until my early twenties. My dad once told me when I was living in Boston (back during Tracy Chapman's fame), why don't you go out there and sing on the street corner? I thought he was nuts, but he was being an awfully good parent, thinking I could sing. These guys are the real deal and I never had the guts to try the DIY just-get-in-the-van! I love their take on the music industry and the insight
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