So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star

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So you want to be a rock and roll star
Then listen now to what I say
Just get an electric guitar
Then take some time
And learn how to play

And with your hair swung right
And your pants too tight
It's gonna be all right
Then it's time to go downtown
Where the agent man won't let you down

Sell your soul to the company
Who are waiting there to sell plastic ware
And in a week or two
If you make the charts
The girls'll tear you apart

The price you paid for your riches and fame
Was it all a strange game? You're a little insane
The money, the fame, and the public acclaim
Don't forget who you are
You're a rock and roll star

So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
Written byRoger McGuinn and Chris Hillman
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced bySebastian Krys
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - Vox Continental, electronic keyboards
Pete Thomas - drums, percussion
Davey Faragher - bass, vocals
Charlie Sexton - guitar
RecordedMemphis Magnetic Recording studio
ReleasedNovember 25, 2022 (digital)
AlbumsThe Boy Named If (Alive At Memphis Magnetic), 2022

First known performance:
May 1, 1984, Universal City, CA
Last known performance:
August 31, 2022, San Diego, CA
     (46 known performances)

The Boy Named If (Alive At Memphis Magnetic) album cover.jpg

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The Byrds  1967 Younger Than Yesterday Wikipedia
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers  1985 Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Wikipedia

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