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Songwriting

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  • 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...

  • Blues & Chaosby Robert Palmer; Anthony DeCurtis

    Scribner 2009; US$ 13.99

    Robert Palmer?s extraordinary knowledge and boundless love of music were evident in all his writing. He was an authority on rock & roll, blues, jazz, punk, avant-garde, and world music?often discovering new artists and trends years (even decades) before they hit the mainstream. Noted music writer Anthony DeCurtis has compiled the best pieces from Palmer?s... more...

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

    Crown Publishing Group 2008; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sellby Eric Beall

    Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony 2010; US$ 16.99

    The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell unveils the secrets to climbing the charts and reaching success in today?s ultracompetitive music industry. Eric Beall supplies his firsthand knowledge of today?s record business, as well as interviews with successful writers, producers, and executives from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country,... 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$ 13.99

    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$ 13.99

    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$ 13.99

    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...

  • Full Metal Jackie Certifiedby Jackie Kajzer; Roger Lotring

    Course Technology PTR 2009; US$ 29.99

    In FULL METAL JACKIE CERTIFIED: THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL METAL SONGS OF THE '80S, author Jackie Kajzer, famous internationally as “Full Metal Jackie,” collects insights from your favorite rock stars about the creative process behind your favorite metal songs. The interviews go well beyond the already familiar stories and anecdotes, as... more...

  • The Songwriter's Idea Bookby Sheila Davis

    F+W Media 1992; US$ 19.99

    In her first two books, Sheila Davis classified the major song forms and enduring principles that have been honored for decades by America's foremost songwriters. Those books have become required reading in music courses from NYU to UCLA. In The Songwriters Idea Book , Davis goes one step further, giving you 40 strategies for designing distinctive... more...