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Semisonic Drummer Pens Book For Musicians

NEW YORK (AP) — Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter learned a lot being in his band and he's ready to impart some music industry wisdom on those just coming up in the game.

He just wrote a book called, "So You Wanna be a Rock and Roll Star?" that explains the ins and outs of the music business from signing contracts to playing huge stadiums. He even goes into some lesser-known areas, such as stage fright, getting songs on the radio and making videos.

"I understood it and I got to experience some great moments," Slichter said in an interview with AP Radio. "I got to see a side of the industry that sometimes makes me glad that I'm taking a break from it all."

Slichter said someone can make a pretty good living being a musician, but rock 'n' roll wannabes should understand that you rarely make money off record sales, most of it comes from publishing or from touring.

"No one would get into music as an investment scheme," Slichter said. "That would just be stupid. People get into music because they love to play it and they want to have a lot of fans, because they want to feel that connection that you only get from being a stage and because it's your dream."