Absolute Best Books for Songwriters

You've Wrriten a Song, So Now What?
This new audio book from Aaron Meza, the West Coast director of the Songwriters Guild of America may be just the edge you've been waiting for. . Topics include:
- Intellectual property
- Copyright registration
- Writing with a friend
- Recording a Demo
-Pitching to music publishers
- Royalties
- Marketplace
- Resources
... and more!

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The books listed below are the cream of the crop for songwiters. They have been very carefully chosen and are among the best resources for songwiters of every level, whether you just dabble or have made songwriting your lifelong career. If you do not own any of these titles, now is the time to begin your collection of the tools you will want to posess for reference, enjoyment and futhering your education about songwriting and related information:

Songs In The Rough by Stephen Bishop
I was turned onto this book by a mutual friend of Stephen Bishop's and mine who showed me his copy on which Stephen Bishop had written a personal message to him on the inside jacket. But what absolutely blew me away was the contents of the book itself. Not only did it have intimate and revealing interviews with songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Joni Mitchell and others of this caliber, but actual photos of the original piece of paper each song was written on. Scary, because they look much like the notebook paper, napkins and envelopes that the rest of us have written songs on. Awe -inspiring , because we all know what became of these songs, many of which we still hum to ourselves daily. A major conversation piece to say the least. It will probably get you in the mood to do some inspired writing of your own.

Songwriters Playground : Innovative Exercises in Creative Songwriting Vol 1 Barbara L. Jordan
A must-have for beginners and pros alike. This book is as close as you can get to experiencing the process of songwriting with Barbara Jordan live. Through a series of playful, imaginitive, creative and effective excercises, you will find yourself having more fun and getting more done with superior results than you have since you were a kid.

Rather than teach specific "rules" of writing or giving lessons, Barbara has created a series of excercises designed to let your creative juices flow like you never thought possible with exciting and remarkable results. Whether you are contemplating writing songs for the very first time or you are a seasoned writer going through a mental drought, this book, like no other, will produce the results you want and need the most. We couldn't give any book a higher recommendation. The other titles on this page are equally useful:

The Craft and Business of Songwriting The one book every serious songwriter should OWN. This is the most comprehensive, well rounded book on the subject of songwriting by a man who is considered the formost authority by many. As founder of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase, John Braheny has earned the respect and admiration of the songwritng community at large.

What makes this book so powerful is John's unique ability to cover the craft of songwriting equally as in depth as the business end. Therefore, having this much information on both aspects of songwriting makes this my number 1 choice as a point of reference for all related topics. Think of this book as a very good investment if you wish to pursue songwriting as a career. ~ Ships in 2-3 days John Braheny

Tunesmith : Inside the Art of Songwriting Jimmy Webb

88 Songwriting Wrongs & How to Right Them : Concrete Ways to Improve Your Songwriting and Make Your Songs More Marketable Pat Luboff, Pete Luboff

Songwriters on Songwriting : The Expanded Version Paul Zollo
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500 Songwriting Ideas - For Brave and Passionate People : For Brave and Passionate People ~ Ships in 2-3 days Lisa Aschmann / Paperback / Published 1997

Music Publishing : A Songwriter's Guide ~ Ships in 2-3 days Randy Poe / Paperback / Published 1997
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And Then I Wrote : The Songwriter Speaks ~ Ships in 2-3 days Editors: Tom Russell & Sylvia Tyson

The Complete Handbook of Songwriting : An Insider's Guide to Making It in the Music Industry ~ Ships in 2-3 days Mark Liggett, Cathy Liggett
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How to Make a Good Song a Hit Song : Rewriting and Marketing Your Lyrics and Music Molly-Ann Leikin

The Songwriter's Guide to Collaboration ~ Ships in 2-3 days Walter Carter / Paperback / Published 1997
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The Songwriter's Idea Book : 40 Strategies to Excite Your Imagination, Help Your Design Distinctive Songs, and Keep Your Creative Flow ~ Ships in 2-3 days Sheila Davis Read more about this title...

1999 Songwriter's Market: 2,000 Places to Market Your Songs
A great place to start if you're looking for your first publishing deal. Not only does this book contain annually updated information, but it's full of information, interviews, tips and advice about everything from submitting to good songwriting resources. Why, they even have "Li'l hank's Guide For Songwriters" among the resources they have listed. Besides publishers, there are record companies, jingle companies, theaters, and artist manageent companies in their listings. Though this is a rich source of contacts, if you do submit to any company, go in with both eyes open. Good advice no matter where you find your connections. ~ Ships in 2-3 days Cindy Laufenberg (Editor) Read more about this title...

Songwriting : And the Creative Process : Suggestions and Starting Points for Songwriters Steve Gillette

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