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Song : the world's best songwriters on creating the music that moves us
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books/F + W Publications, Inc., 2007.
Physical Description:
390 p. : ports. ; 22 cm.
General Note:
At head of title: American Songwriter Magazine.
The interviews. Deborah Allen -- Nic Armstrong (IV Thieves) -- Burt Bacharach -- Aaron Barker -- Beck -- John Bell(Widespread Panic) -- The Bellamy Brothers -- Dierks Bentley -- Matraca Berg -- Big & Rich -- Clint Black -- BlackHawk -- Gary Burr -- Rick & Janis Carnes -- Deana Carter -- R.L. Castleman -- Ray Charles -- Kenny Chesney -- Chuck D (Public Enemy) -- Guy Clark -- Earl Thomas Conley -- Bryan-Michael Cox -- Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) -- Sheryl Crow -- Rodney Crowell -- John Denver -- Ani DiFranco -- Mike Doughty -- Jermaine Dupri -- Steve Earle -- Shelly Fairchild -- Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt) -- Ben Folds -- Fountains of Wayne -- Teddy Gentry (Alabama) -- Dave Gibson -- John Hiatt -- Byron Hill -- Bruce Hornsby -- Mason Jennings -- Jewel -- Jack Johnson Rickie Lee Jones -- Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) -- Robert Lamm (Chicago) -- John Legend -- Little Barrie -- Kenny Loggins -- Lyle Lovett -- Shelby Lynne -- Richard Marx -- John Mayer -- Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen) -- John McCrea (Cake) -- Bob McDill -- John Mellencamp -- Dan Messe (Hem) -- Rhett Miller (Old 97's) -- Roger Miller -- Stuart Murdoch (Belle and Sebastian) -- Michael Martin Murphey -- My Morning Jacket -- Willie Nelson -- Randy Newman -- Ben Nichols (Lucero) -- John Oates (Hall & Oates) -- Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) -- Paul Overstreet -- Dolly Parton -- Michael Penn -- Gretchen Peters -- Michael Peterson -- Tom Petty -- Grant-Lee Phillips -- Hugh Prestwood -- John Prine -- ?uestlove (The Roots) -- Eddie Rabbitt -- Lou Reed -- Luke Reynolds (Blue Merle) -- Josh Ritter -- Smokey Robinson -- Josh Rouse -- John Scott Sherrill -- The Statler Brothers -- Cat Stevens -- Even Stevens -- Rob Thomas -- Travis Tritt -- Jeff Tweedy (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco) -- Keith Urban -- Loudon Wainwright III -- Rufus Wainwright -- Jerry Jeff Walker -- M. Ward -- Jim Weatherly -- Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead, Ratdog) -- Don Williams -- Brian Wilson -- Bill Withers.
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Added Uniform Title:
American songwriter.


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The secrets of songwriting from the legends of music

Song is an enthralling compilation of songwriting wisdom from 100 of the biggest names in music. From country to rock to folk to alternative, this genre-spanning collection of interviews captures the anecdotes, history, and wisdom of the best songwriters around - in their words. An entertaining read as well as an indispensable guide to the art and craft of songwriting, Song is a must-have resource for the aspiring, amateur, or professional musician.

Inside, you'll find entertaining and enlightening interviews from great songwriters such as Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Kenny Chesney, Cat Stevens, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Ray Charles, Clint Black, Rob Thomas, Dolly Parton, Rufus Wainwright, Bob McDill, Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban, Beck, M. Ward, Lou Reed, Roger Miller, Grant-Lee Phillips, and John Denver.

Author Notes

Founded in 1984, American Songwriter Magazine is a nationally distributed magazine that features interviews with some of America's top songwriters in its mission to ''explore both the art and industry of songwriting.''

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Booklist Review

In these interviews conducted by various scribes for American Songwriter magazine, we learn such vitals as that Dierks Bentley would still write songs even if it weren't his job, and how Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips descries the differences between a song and a performance and also how audiences do the same (Coyne also notes how Elton John's elegant recording of Bennie and the Jets differs in important ways from his performances of the song today). Sheryl Crow is asked if she's religious (she's spiritual, she says), but Public Enemy's Chuck D isn't. Chuck does, however, deliver excellent background on a few of his songs to produce one of the meatier colloquies herein. Songsmiths as diverse as Lyle Lovett, Ray Charles, Beck, Burt Bacharach, Roger Miller, Fountains of Wayne, and Kenny Chesney make this a broad if not particularly deep survey of how current pop music is devised and an excellent acquisition for pop-music collections. --Mike Tribby Copyright 2006 Booklist

Table of Contents

Deborah Allenp. 4
Nic Armstrong: (TV Thieves)p. 8
Burt Bacharachp. 12
Aaron Barkerp. 15
Beckp. 19
John Bell: (Widespread Panic)p. 24
The Bellamy Brothersp. 29
Dierks Bentleyp. 32
Matraca Bergp. 36
Big & Richp. 42
Clint Blackp. 48
BlackHawkp. 51
Gary Burrp. 55
Rick & Janis Carnesp. 58
Deana Carterp. 62
R.L. Castlemanp. 66
Ray Charlesp. 70
Kenny Chesneyp. 75
Chuck D: (Public Enemy)p. 80
Guy Clarkp. 83
Earl Thomas Conleyp. 87
Bryan-Michael Coxp. 90
Wayne Coyne: (The Flaming Lips)p. 94
Sheryl Crowp. 99
Rodney Crowellp. 104
John Denverp. 108
Ani DiFrancop. 111
Mike Doughtyp. 114
Jermaine Duprip. 118
Steve Earlep. 122
Shelly Fairchildp. 125
Jay Farrar: (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt)p. 129
Ben Foldsp. 133
Fountains of Waynep. 137
Teddy Gentry: (Alabama)p. 142
Dave Gibsonp. 145
John Hiattp. 148
Byron Hillp. 153
Bruce Hornsbyp. 156
Mason Jenningsp. 158
Jewelp. 161
Jack Johnsonp. 167
Rickie Lee Jonesp. 171
Alex Kapranos: (Franz Ferdinand)p. 174
Robert Lamm: (Chicago)p. 178
John Legendp. 181
Little Barriep. 185
Kenny Logginsp. 189
Lyle Lovettp. 191
Shelby Lynnep. 194
Richard Marxp. 197
John Mayerp. 202
Ian McCulloch: (Echo & the Bunnymen)p. 205
John McCrea: (Cake)p. 208
Bob McDillp. 212
John Mellencampp. 215
Dan Messe: (Hem)p. 221
Rhett Miller: (Old 97's)p. 224
Roger Millerp. 227
Stuart Murdoch: (Belle and Sebastian)p. 230
Michael Martin Murpheyp. 233
My Morning Jacketp. 237
Willie Nelsonp. 242
Randy Newmanp. 245
Ben Nichols: (Lucero)p. 251
John Oates: (Hall & Oates)p. 254
Conor Oberst: (Bright Eyes)p. 256
Paul Overstreetp. 260
Dolly Partonp. 263
Michael Pennp. 266
Gretchen Petersp. 270
Michael Petersonp. 273
Tom Pettyp. 277
Grant-Lee Phillipsp. 283
Hugh Prestwoodp. 286
John Prinep. 289
?uestlove: (The Roots)p. 293
Eddie Rabbittp. 297
Lou Reedp. 300
Luke Reynolds: (Blue Merle)p. 304
Josh Ritterp. 306
Smokey Robinsonp. 309
Josh Rousep. 313
John Scott Sherrillp. 316
The Statler Brothersp. 322
Cat Stevensp. 325
Even Stevensp. 332
Rob Thomasp. 335
Travis Trittp. 339
Jeff Tweedy: (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco)p. 343
Keith Urbanp. 349
Loudon Wainwright IIIp. 353
Rufus Wainwrightp. 356
Jerry Jeff Walkerp. 360
M. Wardp. 363
Jim Weatherlyp. 368
Bob Weir: (The Grateful Dead, Ratdog)p. 372
Don Williamsp. 376
Brian Wilsonp. 379
Bill Withersp. 383