“This book was really fun to read and I actually learned a lot. Wait a minute... Does giving a quote for this book mean people will know that I didn’t actually already know this stuff? Lame.” (Hayley Williams, Paramore)
“Wish You Were Here knows way too much about the history, minute details, and inner-workings of these 11 punk and indie scenes. I don’t know how Leslie figured out all this stuff, but I’m changing my locks and checking the phone for bugs.” (Tim McIlrath, "Rise Against" guitarist and lead singer)
“Anything you ever wanted to know about your city’s indie scene (plus plenty of snark) is packed into these pages.” (Alternative Press)
“In what has got to be the best guide book on punk rock… well ever, rock journalist Simon answers a slew of questions never asked about punk rock and indie scenes across the U.S.”. (NeuFutur Magazine)
“Readers who are part of one of these scenes and fans of a particular genre who will be visiting one of the locales will find this a quick and useful read...an entertaining glimpse at nonmainstream music of today and the recent past.” (Library Journal)
“The selection of indie musiccentric cities is spot-on… Simon’s text is knowledgeable… the book serves as a helpful jumping-off point for readers looking to learn more.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Simon ensures there’s never a dull moment...Rob Dobi’s spot-on illustrations appear throughout the book as the perfect complement to her enthusiastic and hilarious voice.” (Sacramento Book Review online)
Trevor Kelley and Leslie Simon perfectly capture the excitement, absurdity, and obsessive passion of rock history buffs in this travel guide/indie music biography. Whether they're poking fun at hipsters in trucker hats, or offering a hilarious list of best and worst bands featuring washed-up celebrities, the authors' snarky, opinionated, and hilarious voices come through on every page. So whether you're a seasoned traveler who wants to visit all of these essential spots on a cross-country road trip, or an armchair music-lover who's content to let Trevor and Leslie do the legwork for you, this is a can't miss book.