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  • Get Started In Songwriting: Teach Yourselfby Sam Inglis

    Hodder & Stoughton 2010; Not Available

    This book is an essential companion for any aspiring songwriter, and is ideal for those with no formal musical education. Covering every genre of popular contemporary music, from rock and pop to musical theatre and country/western, it tracks everything from what harnessing your creative potential to finding a hook and selling, performing and promoting... more...

  • Writing Better Lyricsby Pat Pattison

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 18.99

    The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics. Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike,... more...

  • Da Capo Best Music Writing 2005by JT LeRoy

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    Another stellar collection of the year's best writing on music as selected by the acclaimed, elusive author of contemporary classics Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things more...

  • Twelve Monthsby Harry Shotta

    Andrews UK 2014; US$ 4.99

    Twelve Month’s is the story of a turbulent year in the life of Harry Shotta. A multi award winning MC who is known for his rapid fire delivery and versatility, this book gives readers an insight into the story behind his ‘Twelve Months’ mixtape. Delving into emotional memories from his childhood and a year which included extreme highs... more...

  • The Blues Lyric Formulaby Michael Taft

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 42.95

    This book is the first rigourous and detailed exploration of exactly how blues singers used formulas to create songs, and it more than amply fills the gap in the the study of the blues, where the structure and content of the lyrics have been less fully explored than the musical form. Focusing on the songs recorded by African-American singers for... more...

  • Tori Amos: Piece by Pieceby Tori Amos; Ann Powers

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 15.95

    I choose to fight my battles through my music . . . I was born a feminist. And then at age five, when my strict Christian grandmother punished me, I realized, I?m not penetrating here. I?m just pissing people off. So I had to find another way to penetrate. I had to redefine what that word means. That word now is really about an opening, an entering... more...

  • Ira Gershwinby Philip Furia

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 26.00

    To the perennial question "which comes first, the music or the words?" Ira Gershwin always responded, "the contract." The jest reveals both Ira's consummate professionalism and the self-effacing wit with which he ducked the spotlight whenever possible. Yet the ingeniously inventive melodies George Gershwin composed for such classic songs as "Someone... more...

  • The Early Yearsby Tom Waits

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 21.99

    Known for his growling vocals and for the distinct poetry of his lyrics, Tom Waits has amassed over the course of three decades a devoted cult following. The Early Years collects the lyrics?formative and classic?from the first ten albums of this true bard of hard living. A celebration of both his words and of the artist himself, this lyrical biography... more...

  • A Fine Romanceby David Lehman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 23.00

    Part of the Jewish Encounter series In A Fine Romance, David Lehman looks at the formation of the American songbook?the timeless numbers that became jazz standards, iconic love songs, and sound tracks to famous movies?and explores the extraordinary fact that this songbook was written almost exclusively by Jews. An acclaimed poet, editor, and... more...

  • Lyricsby Sting

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 28.00

    From the first Police album, Outlandos D'Amour, through Sacred Love, here are the collected lyrics written by Sting, along with his commentary. From the Hardcover edition. more...