Released by The Byrds, in 1967, "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" is,at first listen, about the desire to become a rock and roll star. Numerous stories attribute the song being written in response to The Monkees rise to fame, often nicknamed the "Prefab Four, and whose television series had recently debuted in America. In later interviews, both Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, (the song's writers) claimed the song was in response to the state of the music industry in general at the time.
The following is taken from "History of The Byrds", Zigzag, Frame, Pete. (February 1973), "We were thumbing through a teen magazine and looking at all the unfamiliar faces and we couldn't help thinking: 'Wow, what's happening...all of a sudden here is everyone and his brother and his sister-in-law and his mother and even his pet bullfrog singing rock 'n' roll.' So we wrote 'So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star' to the audience of potential rock stars, those who were going to be, or who wanted to be, and those who actually did go on to realize their goals."
While the song starts off very similar to the satirical nature of Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Taking Care of Business" recorded six years later... "Just get an electric guitar, Then take some time and learn how to play, And with your hair combed right, And your pants fit tight, It's gonna be all right ", the song quickly shifts to a more realistic tone in regards to the nature of the business of the industry, with the lyrics "..Sell your soul to the company, who are waiting there to sell plastic ware " and "The price you paid for your riches and fame
Was it all a strange game, you're a little insane, The money that came and the public acclaim. Don't forget what you are, you're a rock and roll star". These later lyrics are more reminiscent of the complaints The Beatles would verbalize in response to their own rapid rise to superstardom.
I've been sketching alot with my new iPad Pro, Apple pencil and ProCreate... all excellent investments in my opinion. NOTE:.. this is not a paid endorsement, but "Hey APPLE... I'm available... My ability to draw, sketch and create while on the go is at a whole new level with these tools.
What I was aiming for here was to replicate the "toned" sketch look that I've done in the past. Why not just do a toned sketch you may ask ? Well.. I wanted to see if I could replicate it.. and again, I was out, wanted to sketch and I used the tools that I carry around with me. I doubt I will ever completely abandon my physical sketchbook, pens, and markers.. in fact they are sitting just to my right as I type this... with pieces for a new print that will soon be available.... BEACH BLANKET ROCK n ROLL fans stay tuned.
So let me know what you think... share your opinions, good and bad, and if you have a spare minute, share with your rock and roll / art loving friends.
Thanks for being here.
Information source. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_You_Want_to_Be_a_Rock_%27n%27_Roll_Star
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.