Bill See was the lead singer for critically acclaimed Los Angeles band Divine Weeks for the duration of the band’s lifespan from 1984-1992. Divine Weeks was signed to the Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn’s Down There label in 1987 and released their debut Through & Through that May before embarking on their first national tour that summer. The journals Bill kept on tour are the source of the majority of 33 Days.
This coming of age memoir follows an indie rock band's first tour by van across the U.S. and Canada. No roadies, no soundmen - all they have is their music and each other's friendship. It's a now or never moment - take a shot at your dream or regret it for the rest of your life. They set out on the road to discovery to drink in all they could and maybe sell a few records. They grew up instead.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
When we left on tour, we set out to have our own Kerouac ‘On The Road’ experience, and when I wrote 33 Days my motive was to write a book you’d go searching for after finishing ‘On The Road’. It’s about liberation, giving yourself the gift of opportunity and the perils of sitting on your dreams. It’s for anybody who ever 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.”
Q: Why did you go indie?
Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it. Going D.I.Y. is in my blood from putting out my own records, touring and forcing people to take notice. My band Divine Weeks made the jump to a bigger label that way, and I don’t see marketing a self published book all that differently. I see promoting “33 Days” as my chance to modernize the old D.I.Y. punk ethos I learned from Black Flag and the Minutemen.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Jack Kerouac, Jim Carroll, Charles Bukowski, Mark Edmundson, J.D. Salinger.