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Songwriting

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  • Ira Gershwinby Philip Furia

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 26.00 US$ 22.36

    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 Poets of Tin Pan Alleyby Philip Furia

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 44.99 US$ 38.69

    Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers and Hart--some fifty years after their heyday these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the bedrock of jazz and cabaret. In The Poets of Tin Pan Alley Philip Furia offers a... more...

  • The Early Yearsby Tom Waits

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 17.99

    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...

  • Lyrics 1964-2016by Paul Simon

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 35.00

    A landmark compilation of popular music, this collection contains Paul Simon's lyrics from his first album in 1964 to the present. more...

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

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 15.95

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ?Amos comes across as thoughtful, likable, and witty . . . With undoubted appeal to Amos?s legion of fans, [ Piece by Piece ] could offer additional interest to artists of all stripes, who may find reflections of their own experiences in hers.? ? Publishers Weekly ?No mere star memoir . . . it?s more like a soul-map... 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...

  • Six Steps to Songwriting Success, Revised Editionby Jason Blume

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2010; US$ 16.95

    What?s the secret to writing a hit song? It?s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6! Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and... 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 Book of Liederby Ian Bostridge; Richard Stokes

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 29.16

    This unique volume contains, in parallel translation, a thousand of the most frequently performed Lieder, both piano-accompanied and orchestral. Composers are arranged alphabetically, with their songs appearing under poet in chronological order of composition - thus allowing the reader to engage in depth with a particular poet and at the same time... more...