“So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star”
A memorably quizzical electric twelve-string guitar riff and trumpet by jazz star Hugh Masekela fueled the Byrds' cynical take on instant manufactured teen idoldom on "So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star." Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman wrote the song after leafing through a teen magazine and wondering at the sheer numbers of unfamiliar faces featured. "It wasn't really a bitter thing as much as just a chuckle at the business," stated Hillman in Johnny Rogan's Byrds biography. "I still maintain it was against the Monkees. I just thought the Monkees were the epitome of bad, of hideousness."