Published Aug 01, 2004Its 1998, your bands record is on the top spot of the Billboard chart and you are miserable. Such is the life of a rock star according to Jacob Slichter, drummer for the band Semisonic and casualty of the rock wars. His new book, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummers Life reveals what its really like to go from temping to rock stardom or something like it in five years. Lifting the veil on the backward nature of the music business, from the frustrations of dealing with corporate radio programmers to AmEx-toting A&R wonks who are dining out on the band, Slichter wears his newfound fame like a hair shirt yet draws his readers in with candour and self-effacing humour. Poison pen aside, this is a rock and roll love letter.