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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb insight to the roller coaster of being in a band
Having played in numerous amateur bands myself, I am always interested in the stories of bands that go beyond the amateur stage to "make it" in the music business. This book one of the best i've read in this genre especially as it is written open and honestly by a band member. It is very detailed and well written and moves fast. You can feel the excitement as the band...
Published on 2 Oct. 2011 by Craig Forster

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2.0 out of 5 stars What do you get if you let a drummer write a biography?
Painfully self absorbed musical nobody writes painfully self absorbed memoir of the business side of his band's semi-success. He's about as rock and roll as a teabag and going on this semi-readable ego trip, he sees music only as something to make a person famous.

Read if: you want to hate music.
Published on 27 Jan. 2013 by B. Kelleher


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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb insight to the roller coaster of being in a band, 2 Oct. 2011
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Craig Forster "Foz" (Tunbridge Wells, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 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 (Paperback)
Having played in numerous amateur bands myself, I am always interested in the stories of bands that go beyond the amateur stage to "make it" in the music business. This book one of the best i've read in this genre especially as it is written open and honestly by a band member. It is very detailed and well written and moves fast. You can feel the excitement as the band goes from nothing to something then the frustrations as they slip back out of the spotlight. The writer is the drummer so it is also interesting to see things from the drummer's viewpoint, especially for people like myself who play one of the other instruments (guitar).

I put "make it" in quotes above as this book made me reflect on what this really means. Here it meant getting a record deal, having some hits, playing loads of gigs and festivals often to thousands of fans and seeing the world. The book shows what a relatively short period of exhileration this can be but it is encouraging to me that it does end on a positive of strong friendships and the fun of the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n' Roll and the music business, an honest and true account., 1 Mar. 2011
This review is from: 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 (Paperback)
I don't usually leave reviews of items that I buy, however as a serious music fan, I had to leave one regarding Jacob Slichters (the Semisonic drummer) account of his experience of being in an aspiring, then hugely successful, then failing rock n' roll band. His account is so easy to read and highly believable, and is probably more in tune with most other bands experience than the idiology of a rock n' roll band as portrayed by The Rolling Stones.
He portrays his aspirations, fears, highs and lows and every other roller coaster of emotions as a stuggling musician working in an office by day and jamming in his basement at night, to signing a record deal and touring the world with his band and the constant struggles with record companies and radio stations that hinder up and coming bands.
It's just great read, BUY IT!!!

Along with Mark Oliver Everetts (Eels) "Things The Grandchildren Should Know", this book is the best and most honest discription of the crazy and insane business that is, music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What do you get if you let a drummer write a biography?, 27 Jan. 2013
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B. Kelleher "Brian" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 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 (Paperback)
Painfully self absorbed musical nobody writes painfully self absorbed memoir of the business side of his band's semi-success. He's about as rock and roll as a teabag and going on this semi-readable ego trip, he sees music only as something to make a person famous.

Read if: you want to hate music.
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