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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
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
by Jacob Slichter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.89
95 used & new from $0.94

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book! Well-written, funny, and informative, July 20, 2005
What a great book! Slichter tells his story both with wickedly sly humor that will make you laugh out loud and with a self-effacing style that makes you feel connected to him. There is no rock-star preening to be found; this is a book by a smart, humble, and hilarious guy who goes through his fifteen minutes of Semisonic fame with wide open eyes.

I liked most how Slichter brought me right into the middle of the action. It could easily have been me in his place, I felt, just because he comes across as being so human, as such an Everyman. You feel like you are with him every step of the way on his rise from dead-end day jobs and musical dreams to rock stardom. As he progesses, you get to see the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of the music and radio industries and how they *really* work, something most people don't know (I didn't). You feel the thrills and the disappointments that Slichter feels. You share his astonishment at the byzantine workings of the system. And from cover to cover, you will laugh out loud as he takes you on the roller coaster ride of modern rock and roll.

I highly recommend this book, and not just to music fans. You don't need to know (or care, for that matter) about the music Semisonic played to appreciate the fantastic writing, and anyone with a general interest in music of any kind will be fascinated by all the dirty exposed inner guts of the music business. This one has my full and hearty recommendation!


East Nashville Skyline
East Nashville Skyline
Price: $16.48
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of heartfelt songs, August 17, 2004
This review is from: East Nashville Skyline (Audio CD)
I'm new to Todd Snider, and thanks to this album, I'm a committed fan. I heard the side-splittingly funny "Conservative, Christian, Right-Wing, Republican, Straight White American Males" on the radio and the next day I trucked right out and bought the album. I have to say, it is a relief when you buy an album based on one song, only to find that they are all as good as the first!

Snider has a wonderful musical range. He shifts from the twangy "Conservative..." to the playfully intimate "Enjoy Yourself" to the harder and darker cover of "Alcohol and Pills", pulling off all these styles with aplomb. The recording has a lovely ragged, dirty analog edge, which gives it real warmth. Snider also has a great sly sense of humor, which shows up right from the get go in "Age Like Wine" and continues right through the last chord of "Enjoy Yourself".

My favorite tracks are "Conservative...", an uproarious look at the political divide in our country today; "Age Like Wine", where Snider shows his amazement at still even being here playing; "Enjoy Yourself", a gentle and funny encouragement to stop working so hard and worrying so much; "Good News Blues", a silly bluesy takeoff....well heck, I really like *every* song on the album. If you like music that will get your feet tapping, or that will get your brain working, or that will tickle your funny bone, or just something great to groove to as you roll down your windows and barrel down the country roads, this is it. Highly recommended!


The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four
by Dustin Thomason
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guilty pleasure, but a little sparse, August 16, 2004
This review is from: The Rule of Four (Hardcover)
The Rule of Four is definitely in that exciting genre where detective story meets historial fiction, and it's a fun and quick read. There's some meaty mystery to be had here (an ancient and mysterious Renaissance manuscript, several shadowy characters past and present), and some great descriptions of Princeton. However, I felt that the character development was lackluster, and the characters remain fairly one-dimensional throughout the book (particularly the protagonists, which is unfortunate; a few of the supporting characters are deliciously stereotyped, so their lack of depth does them no harm). In addition, there seems to be a very slow buildup for most of the book, with the main action and denoument taking place in just a few short chapters at the end. I wish the first half were shorter and the second half longer.

I devoured the book, but it was mainly because of the mystery of the subject matter, not the quality of the writing. It's a good read for people in search of an exciting book, but great literature it's not. I'd recommend it for those who like the genre, but for the rest, wait for paperback or get it at the library.


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
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
by Jacob Slichter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.02
110 used & new from $0.01

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book! Well-written, funny, and informative, August 16, 2004
What a great book! Slichter tells his story both with wickedly sly humor that will make you laugh out loud and with a self-effacing style that makes you feel connected to him. There is no rock-star preening to be found; this is a book by a smart, humble, and hilarious guy who goes through his fifteen minutes of Semisonic fame with wide open eyes.

I liked most how Slichter brought me right into the middle of the action. It could easily have been me in his place, I felt, just because he comes across as being so human, as such an Everyman. You feel like you are with him every step of the way on his rise from dead-end day jobs and musical dreams to rock stardom. As he progesses, you get to see the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of the music and radio industries and how they *really* work, something most people don't know (I didn't). You feel the thrills and the disappointments that Slichter feels. You share his astonishment at the byzantine workings of the system. And from cover to cover, you will laugh out loud as he takes you on the roller coaster ride of modern rock and roll.

I highly recommend this book, and not just to music fans. You don't need to know (or care, for that matter) about the music Semisonic played to appreciate the fantastic writing, and anyone with a general interest in music of any kind will be fascinated by all the dirty exposed inner guts of the music business. This one has my full and hearty recommendation!


All About Chemistry
All About Chemistry
Price: $14.98
134 used & new from $0.01

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Semisonic hits another home run!!, March 13, 2001
This review is from: All About Chemistry (Audio CD)
Semisonic has gone in a slightly different direction from their previous albums with an album more full of love-related songs, but MAN are they good. The tunes stick in your mind, from the catchy bass licks on "Bed" to the great singing on "Chemistry" and "Sunshine and Chocolate". This album contains a real mix of songs, some exciting, upbeat, and irresistible, others more thoughtful and introspective, but all with very interesting and poetic lyrics and great music. I wholeheartedly recommend this CD, it will keep you dancing and then sits you down and gets you deep inside with songs like "El Matador". Listening to "All About Chemistry" mirrors all the hopes, doubts, and memories which float through your mind when you think about someone you love. Very cool. P.S. -- If you are interested in more energetic, fun, rocking stuff by Semisonic, I suggest their first LP "Great Divide" as well.


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