So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star

So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star

How I Machine-gunned A Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales From A Drummer's Life

Book - 2004
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A hilarious inside look at the real business of popular music by the drummer of Semisonic that does for rock and roll what Jim Bouton'sBall Four did for baseball.

After years of working day jobs and making music in his basement, Jacob Slichter wondered if his dreams of rock stardom were a vain illusion. Then he was recruited by two of his successful musician friends to form a band that became Semisonic. Who could forget the smash single “Closing Time,” a runaway hit in 1998 that thrust Jake and his bandmates into the international spotlight and helped them sell over two million albums worldwide? But along the road to fame and success came bewilderment and personal chaos:How will we ever get a record deal? Which record company is the best? The worst? Do I really have to wear these ridiculous boots? Why isn’t radio playing our song? What if I have a panic attack right here on stage? What should I write on this fan’s CD? Am I famous? Why isn’t the video director getting more shots of me? Did I say the wrong thing during that interview? Help!

So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star is a telling and witty look at what happens just before and during one's time in the spotlight. Jake takes readers on a step-by-step journey of his evolution from fledgling drummer to globetrotting performer and proves to be the perfect guide—feisty and humbled—to the inner workings of the music industry and instant celebrity.So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star speaks to all of us who dream again and again of rock superstardom and shows how one kid can go from picking up a pair of drumsticks to picking up a platinum record.

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The drummer for Semisonic recounts how the band struggled as a trio of misfits before being catapulted into stardom, describes the survival skills they developed, and offers insight into the challenges of the music industry and living a celebrity life.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767914703
Branch Call Number: 781.66 SL
Characteristics: xi, 286 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Sep 21, 2016

This is a fast and funny read and fascinating chronicle of Semisonic's three major label albums and the Minneapolis band's experiences with the music industry and touring. It was written by Jacob Slichter, the band's drummer. I recommend this for anyone who could have ever responded "yes" to the title, music geeks and fans of Semisonic, its members and their other projects, including Trip Shakespeare, The New Standards and The Twilight Hours.

Sep 29, 2014

What a great read. Everything you wanted to know about how the (evil) music business works - what a monopoly and how that monopoly has fallen - Jacob tells a great "ride to the top" story - a must read for every band, songwriter, and musician. I'm sure every major (and less major) act has a similar tale to tell - DD


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