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My Life As A New York Rock Club Owner

“Our good friend Rob Sacher is publishing a book of his time as the owner of the (genuinely) legendary New York club Luna Lounge which opened in 1995 and closed when the rents in the Lower East Side got fucking ridiculous.”

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Zach Galifianakis Morphs Into A Williamsburg Hipster In 1993

“There was a scene in the mid-’90s, at a bar on Ludlow Street called the Luna Lounge,” Galifianakis told me. “The comedy there was more like performance art. My favorite skit was by a group called Slovin and Allen, who eventually became writers for ‘Saturday Night Live.’ They built a time machine that only went 30 seconds into the past. They’d just keep repeating the same thing over and over, every time they flipped the time-travel switch. That was so friggin’ funny.”

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NME (New Music Express) Photo Story

The Making Of The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’

Raphael first saw the band live at the Luna Lounge in NYC in August 2000. Although he had been more interested in working with a different band he saw that night, Come On, Albert and Nick ended up stopping by the studio afterwards, instead.

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Break Thru Radio

Today, a conversation with Rob Sacher, who has smashing stories and things to say about his days running Sanctuary (81-86), Mission (88-93) and Luna Lounge (95-08) in New York City.

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Brooklyn Vegan
Luna Lounge’s Rob Sacher Wrote A Book About His Experiences As A Club Owner 

Rob Sacher had a hand in three iconic New York rock clubs in the last three decades: Sanctuary (1981-1986), Mission (1988-1993), and Luna Lounge (1995-2008). He’s written about those experiences and more in a new self-published memoir titled Wake Me When It’s Over which just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Former Luna Lounge Owner Revisits The Good Old Days Of NYC In New Book

Rob Sacher, who owned the legendary bar/venue Luna Lounge on the Lower East Side, has gone and written a book that’s sure to make one nostalgic for the good ol’ days, even you didn’t experience them yourself. The memoir is called Wake Me When It’s Over, and covers growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, becoming a musician and songwriter, and “ultimately finding my niche as the co-owner of three rock nightclubs, Sanctuary (1981-1986), Mission (1988-1993), and Luna Lounge (1995-2008).”

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Paste Magazine
Former Luna Lounge Owner Talks New Book: Wake Me When It’s Over

I think that’s what Albert (Hammond Jr. of The Strokes) was referring to with his quote. When he walked in and when they connected to what I was doing, they were connecting to something I was trying to create that would give them the best possible experience they could have on stage. I was the sound engineer that night. I did sound four nights a week. It was very close. We really understood how to make a band sound as good as they could possibly sound and we knew what mistakes bands were making when they would first get up on stage.

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The Pitch
The State’s Kevin Allison Takes A Risk

When I was watching the other performers at Luna Lounge after The State broke up, in ’96, I was watching [Marc] Maron and Sarah Silverman and [Stephen] Colbert and Amy Poehler and Zach Galifinakis — everyone was there at Luna Lounge, trying stuff out. Maron would get up on stage, and he wouldn’t necessarily have anything prepared. He would just go off about whatever he was thinking right then, and it was electrifying. Sometimes, it would come to a bizarre, grinding halt, or it would become really awkward or embarrassing or whatever, but it was amazing, because he was letting all his flaws show and I couldn’t see that, for some reason.

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The Von Pip Musical Express
Wake Me When It’s Over – The Story Of Sanctuary, Mission and The Luna Lounge

A club is especially a precarious thing of the moment; they should never exist for too long. So, when Luna Lounge was forced to close due to the real estate boom of the previous decade, I sat myself down and tried to take stock of my life. And, in so doing, I discovered that music was the river and my connection to friends with whom I shared my time.

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PBS- MetroFocus
Op-Ed: Resurrect CBGB? No, Just Learn to Live With the Dead

There are only a handful of rock nightclubs in the history of New York City where musicians actually took their art to extraordinary places — before almost anyone knew who they were, or what it was they were giving to us on stage. Among them was the highly regarded Luna Lounge, the Lower East Side club I was fortunate enough to co-own from 1995 to 2005. Another was CBGB, but I’ll address that club — and its rumored resurrection — a bit later.

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Bowery Boogie

Rob Sacher, onetime co-owner of the long lost Luna Lounge, is set to release a memoir on March 1. Wake Me When It’s Over centers on his life as a club owner, from Sanctuary and Mission to the Luna Lounge. Through his eyes, we see encounters with many rock heavyweights, including Debbie Harry, Joey Ramone, The Strokes, Interpol, and Elliott Smith. Because the volume is self-published, Sacher has taken to Kickstarter to raise promotional funds to help push the product.

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Brooklyn Rocks
Rob Sacher (Former Owner of Luna Lounge) Readies New Book “Wake Me When It’s Over”

Rob’s last club was Luna Lounge, which started out on the Lower East Side, and the bar featured the first shows from some awesome bands that have gone on to be some of the world’s most important and successful music artists. Luna was the room were The Strokes first performed, where Interpol formed and played their first shows, and where The National, Longwave, stellastarr*, The Bravery, and many other bands got their start.

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  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Selena Press; 1st edition (March, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-61554-045-0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches