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 (Hardcover)
|Author: Jacob Slichter|
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|This perfect guide to the inner workings of the music industry and instant celebrity is a hysterical and witty look at what happens just before and during one's 15 minutes of fame.|
From the Publisher:
After cutting his teeth as a drummer with the musical misfits of his high school, Jacob Slichter formed a bond with two other friends that would eventually grow into the band Semisonic. Who could forget the smash single "Closing Time," a runaway hit in 1998 that thrust Jacob and his band into the international spotlight and helped them sell over two million albums? But with instant fame came instant musical and personal chaos, during which Jacob Slichter had to learn several essential things: how to pose for the mandatory "in front of brick wall" photo shoot, how to look angry and unapproachable for the A&R guys, how to answer a German radio interview question, and how to deal with the feudal system that is the backstage tour hierarchy.
Drummer Jacob Slichter's first intimations of rock stardom come at a small club gig in Minneapolis: the signs are not good. He suffers from stage fright and chronic feelings of insecurity, and is seeing a therapist--even before his band, Semisonic, has shown any signs of popularity outside its hometown. Slichter relates the story of his subsequent roller coaster ride on the rock & roll hype machine in SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK & ROLL STAR, a book that's partly a salutary lesson in the arcane ways of the music business, and partly the recounting of a rite of passage, from would-be rock star to something approaching the real thing. In a series of dryly hilarious scenes, from his first hair-dye job to Semisonic's first video, Slichter describes a comprehensive litany of temporary triumphs, like the band's incandescent performance at a music business convention, and more permanent disasters, like the commercial failure of all their recordings save their one hit single. The sex, drugs, and money all happen to other bands, and the fame isn't all it's cracked up to be, but, despite setbacks that might drive lesser mortals screaming to a nice cozy desk job, ultimately Slichter's love affair with rock survives intact.