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A selection of books on songwriting for songwriters and singer/songwriters plus essential reference works to help the creative process. Please Note: Prices are provided as a general guide, latest prices are available from the suppliers site. All links open in a new window.


book cover image The Manual
How to Have a Number One the Easy Way
by Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Jon Savage (Introduction). Wether you are a KLF fan or not this book is a 'Must Read' with a comprehensive understanding of the recording industry this book explodes the myths and explains in step by step detail how to get on in the record industry.
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book cover image 6 Steps to Songwriting Success
Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs

by Jason Blume
Songwriter Jason Blume presents an easy to understand, step-by-step approach to mastering those key elements consistently found in hit songs. Incorporating inspiring anecdotes, effective exercises and common sense checklists for self-evaulation, this guide provides a concise analysis of the six steps essential to songwriting success. Jason Blume is one of the few songwriters to have singles on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously. His recent credits include songs recorded by the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears
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book cover image The Complete Rhyming Dictionary
by Clement Wood
An essential aid for any serious songwriter. Never be stuck for words again!
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Oxford Fowler's
A dictionary of modern english usage
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book cover image 88 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them
by Pat Luboff, Pete Luboff
Provides advice for improving songwriting technique, writing good lyrics, and avoiding musical errors, and discusses collaborating, creating demo tapes, and presenting songs to be recorded.
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book cover image 500 Songwriting Ideas (For Brave And Passionate People)
by Lisa Aschmann
Provides advice on overcoming writer's block, using hundreds of song examples to clarify her ideas. She suggests outrageous places to find ideas for songs, visualization techniques to open up trains of thought, and motivational support.
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book cover image Songwriters on Songwriting
In this collection of interviews, some of the most well-known and influential contemporary song-writers offer their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art. Representing many genres, from folk to Tin Pan Alley, from blues to pop to rock, these are the figures who have shaped American music. Bob Dylan reveals why he thinks the world doesn't need any new songs; REM discuss their favourite REM songs; Madonna describes collaborating with Prince; and Paul Simon delves into his entire opus. Artists including Frank Zappa, k.d. lang, Brian Wilson, David Byrne and Suzanne Vega reveal their songwriting secrets, and new interviews with Burt Bacarach, Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne and others complete this expanded edition.
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book cover image The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles
The biggest ever. Now published annually, this new edition contains information on date of entry, label catalogue number and peak position for every hit single since the charts began in 1952. More than 7,000 acts have a place in the book, and the Top 500 of these now carry a mini biography. In addition to the regular facts and statistics there are in-depth articles reviewing the year's pop news, gigs, awards, the American scene and Eurovision. This edition also contains the considered opinion of 30 hitmakers and DJs on what they regard as their favourite single of the 20th Century. Phil Collins, Shania Twain, Jay Kay and Pete Townshend are just some of the stars talking exclusively to The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles about the hits that, in some cases, changed their lives.
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book cover image The Complete Guide
To Writing and Marketing Chart Topping Lyrics & Music
by Molly-Ann Leikin
Offers guidance on song structure, melody, rhyming, lyrics, and titles and discusses song publishing.
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The Craft and Business of Songwriting The Craft and Business of Songwriting
This updated edition of John Braheny's classic book is essential reading for anyone contemplating a career as a professional songwriter. He shares the insider secrets that help songwriters make their work competitive in an overcrowded marketplace. Readers will learn how to: Develop a "songwriter's consciousness" in picking out original ideas; Overcome barriers in the creative process; Discover what subjects work best for them, from novelty to message songs; Know what their audience wants; Focus on one idea when writing lyrics, ensuring the greatest impact; Handle the business of demos and contracts; Readers will also find anecdotes, exercises and examples from dozens of successful songwriters.
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'The Guys Who Wrote 'Em'
by Sean Egan
334-page exploration of the subject of the 'bespoke' songwriter in pop and rock music. Egan - the author of acclaimed biographies of Jimi Hendrix and The Animals as well as the guitarist novel Sick Of Being Me - has interviewed some of the biggest names in songwriting history for the project, including Leiber & Stoller, Mann & Weil, Greenwich & Barry, Chip Taylor, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Tony Macaulay and Stock, Aitken & Waterman. Their anecdotes feature the likes of Elvis Presley, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton, The Shangri-Las, Diana Ross and Jimi Hendrix. As well as the human interest angle, there is considerable technical information about the craft of composition. The result is a recounting of the history of post-Elvis popular music from an intriguing and delightful lateral angle. Further information on the book can be found at: http://theguyswhowroteem.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk. or read reviews and purchase at:
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Melody In Songwriting: Tools And Techniques For Writing Hit Songs
Melody is a subject too often neglected in the teaching of music. This unique resource gives melody the attention it deserves, and proves that melody writing is a skill that can be learned. Through proven tools and techniques, you will learn to write interesting melodies, how melodic rhythm influences rhyme, what makes harmony progress, and the many dynamic relationships between melody and harmony. This clear and comprehensive approach to songwriting unlocks the secrets of popular songs, revealing what really makes them work. Examples of great songs by such notable songwriters as Lennon and McCartney, Diane Warren, Robert Palmer, and more, provide a close-up illustration of the songwriting techniques employed by these masters of the industry. This is the book used in Songwriting classes at Berklee College of Music. The exercises provided make it a wonderful self-teaching manual and a great addition to any general theory course of any level. Use the tools presented in this book to help fine-tune your craft and start writing hits!
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Writing Music For Hit Songs (Second Edition)
A wonderful and educational book that every serious songwriter should pick up and read, Diane Warren, hit songwriter for Elton John, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton.
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You Can Write A Song (Book/CD)
A must for musicians, songwriters, composers and arrangers at any level, this easy, fast-paced comprehensive method will unlock your true creative potential and sharpen your songwriting skills.
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Complete Guide To Film Scoring:
The Art And Business Of Writing Music For Movies And TV
Berklee Press (Guide). This comprehensive guide is essential for anyone interested in the business process, and procedures of writing music for film or television.
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Arranging In The Digital World
This Berklee Guide is the resource for arrangers who want to create truly inspired digital arrangements using today's electronic and digital instruments
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Recording In The Digital World
Berklee Press (Guide). A complete guide to studio gear and software. With this Berklee Guide, you can learn to create, edit and master digital recodings like a pro
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