Songwriters On Songwriting

Songwriters On Songwriting

by Paul Zollo

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Overview

In these fifty-two interviews, 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 folk to Tin Pan Alley to jazz, from blues to pop rock, these are the figures who have shaped American music as we know it. Here they share their secrets and personal methods for converting inspiration into song: Robbie Robertson of the Band an Tom Petty talk about working with Bob Dylan; Dylan himself, in his only in-depth interview in more than ten years, says that the world doesn't need any new songs; R.E.M. name their favorite R.E.M. songs; Madonna describes collaborating with Prince; Sammy Cahn talks about writing standards for Sinatra; Pete Seeger recounts hitting the road with Woody Guthrie; Frank Zappa admits to loving ”Louie Louie”; Todd Rundgren explains how he dreams his songs; and, in the book's most extensive interview, Paul Simon delves into his opus from ”The Sound of Silence” to ”Graceland.” And almost all of them express delight at being able to talk about the mechanics of music itself, something that they have rarely been asked to discuss. Here expanded with new interviews with Burt Bacharach, Laura Nyro, Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson, and many others, Songwriters on Songwriting is a rare volume: one of the best books on the craft of musicmaking, an informative source for musicians and songwriters, and an invaluable historical record of the popular music of this century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306807770
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 5.89(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Pete Seeger
1(12)
Livingston & Evans
13(6)
Willie Dixon
19(8)
Sammy Cahn
27(10)
Mose Allison
37(12)
Dave Brubeck
49(10)
Tom Lehrer
59(10)
Bob Dylan
69(18)
Paul Simon
87(36)
Brian Wilson
123(10)
Gerry Goffin
133(8)
Carole King
141(8)
Lamont Dozier
149(6)
Jimmy Webb
155(16)
Joan Baez
171(6)
P. F. Sloan
177(12)
Donovan
189(8)
Burt Bacharach/Hal David
197(18)
Laura Nyro
215(18)
Felix Cavaliere
233(4)
Harry Nilsson
237(10)
Yoko Ono
247(18)
Randy Newman
265(28)
Van Dyke Parks
293(14)
Janis Ian
307(10)
Frank Zappa
317(12)
Leonard Cohen
329(22)
Neil Young
351(10)
Graham Nash
361(10)
David Crosby
371(14)
Robbie Robertson
385(12)
Carlos Santana
397(8)
Jackson Browne
405(14)
Todd Rundgren
419(10)
Walter Becker
429(8)
Loudon Wainwright III
437(6)
Townes Van Zandt
443(10)
Dan Fogelberg
453(12)
Lindsey Buckingham
465(12)
Rickie Lee Jones
477(16)
David Byrne
493(16)
Tom Petty
509(14)
Richard Thompson
523(12)
Bruce Cockburn
535(14)
Los Lobos
549(16)
Suzanne Vega
565(16)
Jules Shear
581(12)
Bruce Hornsby
593(12)
k.d. lang
605(10)
Madonna
615(8)
Stan Ridgway
623(6)
R.E.M.
629

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