Powerful, melodic and captivating analysis of the star-making machinery, that was already tearing this great group apart. It really rocks and there’s some damned fine trumpet-playing on there as well, courtesy Hugh Masekela.
The B-side is equally great, a quite gloomy David Crosby-composition from his last days with the band …
“So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star” was laced with irony behind its circumstances (and production) and bitterness behind its lyrics. One of the group’s most brisk, straight-ahead, popularly aimed and focused tunes, it was the logical number with which to open their 1967 album Younger Than Yesterday, as well as the logical choice for a single, and it grabbed the public in a way that was increasingly rare among records by serious rock groups in 1967. In a sense, it was pandering to the public and AM radio with its quick paced opening and spirited choruses, but with a purpose.