Songwriters on Songwriting: Revised and Expanded / Edition 4

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This expanded fourth edition of Songwriters on Songwriting includes ten new interviews--with Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Lou Reed, and others. In these pages, sixty-two of the greatest songwriters of our time go straight to the source of the magic of songwriting by offering their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art. Representing almost every genre of popular music, from blues to pop to rock, here are the figures that have shaped American music as we know it.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Brain Pickings, 5/26/14
“[An] excellent and extensive treasure trove…[The] insights on songwriting extend to the broader realm of creative work in a multitude of disciplines…A magnificent read in its hefty totality.”

Brain Pickings, 7/20/14
"[An] impressive interview compendium."

Songwriter's Monthly
A songwriter simply should not be without this book...You can not only read it at your leisure, you can go back to it—again and again and again.
If your bookshelf or wallet can only accommodate one book at this moment, it should be this one.
A collection of 31 interviews in which luminaries of popular songwriting--including Carole King, Paul Simon, Frank Zappa, Randy Newman, Madonna--discuss their songwriting methods and the way their classics came to be. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812651
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2003
  • Edition description: 4th
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 730
  • Sales rank: 185,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Zollo, a singer-songwriter and the editor of SongTalk, has written for magazines such as Sing Out!, Acoustic Guitar, Musician, and more. He lives in Hollywood, California.
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Table of Contents

Pete Seeger 1
Livingston & Evans 13
Willie Dixon 19
Sammy Cahn 27
Mose Allison 37
Dave Brubeck 49
Tom Lehrer 59
Bob Dylan 69
Paul Simon 87
Brian Wilson 123
Gerry Goffin 133
Carole King 141
Lamont Dozier 149
Jimmy Webb 155
Joan Baez 171
P. F. Sloan 177
Donovan 189
Burt Bacharach/Hal David 197
Laura Nyro 215
Felix Cavaliere 233
Harry Nilsson 237
Yoko Ono 247
Randy Newman 265
Van Dyke Parks 293
Janis Ian 307
Frank Zappa 317
Leonard Cohen 329
Neil Young 351
Graham Nash 361
David Crosby 371
Robbie Robertson 385
Carlos Santana 397
Jackson Browne 405
Todd Rundgren 419
Walter Becker 429
Loudon Wainwright III 437
Townes Van Zandt 443
Dan Fogelberg 453
Lindsey Buckingham 465
Rickie Lee Jones 477
David Byrne 493
Tom Petty 509
Richard Thompson 523
Bruce Cockburn 535
Los Lobos 549
Suzanne Vega 565
Jules Shear 581
Bruce Hornsby 593
k. d. lang 605
Madonna 615
Stan Ridgway 623
R.E.M. 629
John Hiatt 643
Alanis Morissette 651
Steely Dan-Donald Fagen & Walter Becker 663
Mark Knopfler 677
Lou Reed 683
Merle Haggard 697
Roger McGuinn 703
John Fogerty 707
Lenny Kravitz 713
Meshell NdegeOcello 723
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