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The Complete Singer-Songwriter [Paperback]

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
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26 Sep 2003
(Book). Of all the paths available to today's musicians, the life of the singer-songwriter remains one of the most alluring and popular. This handbook is the ultimate guide for the modern singer-songwriter, full of real-world advice and encouragement for both aspiring and accomplished troubadours. The founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on his own experiences as a performing songwriter and interviews with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, Chrissie Hynde and Paul Simon to offer an invaluable companion for the journey from idea to song to stage and studio. Also includes inside info from managers, agents, lawyers and record execs. "A lucid, well-written, fact-stuffed work." Bruce Cockburn

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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (26 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307691
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Myth of Perfection 15 July 2012
I really like this book because it's not one of these "how to get famous and rich with your music" self-help books. Rather, it's a take on the music industry from the singer-songwriter perspective. I found many tips in there, e.g. how to turn fragments of lyrics into an actual song (and how to decide which will remain a fragment forever). Another great feature are the extensive quotes by singer-songwriters (Joni Mitchell, James Taylor...) that explain how songwriting works.
The tips in the book have been a great source for my songwriting and I have reviewed a few chapters of the book in the past ([...]), showing how I incorporated the tips into my own writing.
I highly recommend the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 5 Dec 2012
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Read as soon as it arrived, must adnit it did inspire me and found two tables in the book really useful. Must get the other books in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars The title is accurate 17 Aug 2013
By G Smith
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This is a condensed, well-considered practical guide. The author writes clearly and has an encouraging approach to his readers. He is very experienced in the subject matter and covers the key points in a style designed to enable the reader to take action. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've found for the singer-songwriter 20 Dec 2003
By Bruce Irving - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this up last week while browsing in a bookstore on a trip to Pasadena, CA, and what a great find! I have dozens of books on songwriting and recording, and a few on performing, but this is the best book I've found on the special job of creating, performing, and recording your own music. Some key benefits:
1. Good depth -- At some 200 pages, the scale is just right -- you can actually read this book. Rodgers doesn't attempt to cover everything in depth, but he has useful tips on everything from chord progressions to how to connect with an audience to recording a CD (including how to decide if you SHOULD record one). Good references too, including Steve Rapson's wonderful "Art of the Solo Performer" ([...]) but omitting my favorite, Livingston Taylor's fine "Stage Performance" (unfortunately out of print).
2. Well organized, not only in the overall structure but in the subheads that locate individual topics, often illustrated with photos and quotes from songwriters Rodgers has interviewed, from Paul Simon to Ani DiFranco. Great for reference and browsing. The writing style is easy to read, informal but not chatty.
3. Up to date -- New in October 2003, the book is savvy about the internet, home recording options, and on artists working at various levels, with quotes from major label superstars like Paul Simon and James Taylor as well as a number of true and current DIY'ers with self-released CD's who use the internet as their main outlet (I think he should have mentioned CD Baby and Amazon.com as A-list choices for distributing independent music).
4. Realistic -- The book is helpful for people who are singer-songwriters as a sideline or hobby as well as those who are trying for a career. He talks about things like house concerts, booking in general, and even why and how to select a producer for recording.
5. Inspiring and supportive -- One cover blurb says that everyone needs a mentor, and this book is it. While the right human mentor would be better, you'd be lucky to find one with this range of knowledge. Rodgers helps you see that being a singer-songwriter is a big job, but with some organization and the right attitude, you can do it. Of course part of the process is to define what "it" is -- but I say, if you are creating music and sharing it even with a few people, it's a cool thing, even if there are already a zillion CD's in the world. This book can help you do it better.
I would have liked to have this book a year or so ago when I was starting on my first CD project (my recently self-released "Jardin du Luxembourg"). Although I found a local producer who is really great, decisions on song selection, preparing for and organizing sessions, staying focused on the project, and other topics in the book would have helped me. I'm now working on getting more gigs, promoting the CD, and preparing to record the first few songs for my next project. This book will help me to refine my blueprint for this process.
Being a singer-songwriter is a sideline for me, but it's an important part of my life, a creative outlet that I really value. If you have a passion for creating and sharing your music, whether as a career or as a sideline, you should read this book.
Bruce Irving
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good detail! 11 Nov 2012
By Hybrid - Published on Amazon.com
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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers pays particular attention to detail, throughout. Not just the essentials to songwriting and gigging, but also to the interviews of musicians as well as the complete coverage of the troubadour's plight.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired! 1 Jun 2014
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm so thankful that someone has composed such a fantastic resource for the singer/songwriter. This will be a useful tool that I will turn to many times as I approach the many "stages" of my performing career. Thank you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful information for the Songwriter/Singer 12 Sep 2013
By jmike - Published on Amazon.com
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There's a difference between useful information and pages and pages of words. This book falls on the side of the useful. There are many short, explicit, sections on a variety of subjects that songwriters will find enlightening. Tons of quotes from successful artists, as well.
Pick this up and put it in your library. My copy is already on the way to being dogeared.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book with suggestions for singer/songwriters 1 Aug 2013
By Grace E. Ackerman - Published on Amazon.com
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This would be useful whether you just make your own music for pleasure or plan to make it big. Additionally it's an easy read.
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