Backbeat Books Releases The Complete Singer-Songwriter Guide

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The Complete Singer-Songwriter Centennial Edition

 2nd Edition of A Troubadour’s Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording, and Business – by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

MONTCLAIR, N.J. –The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond. 

“Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers takes you through all of it – from the fun stuff to the daily grind, from writing to stepping on stage and building a business around you. He schools you on the mechanics of songwriting. Informs you about some key business contracts. And the insightful quotes from working songwriters give you a true sense of belonging. Jeffrey brings you into the mindset and lifestyle of the touring professional songwriter,” says Ellis Paul. 

New in the second edition: 

• A songwriter’s guide to chord progressions 

• Understanding song form and rhyme 

• Dozens of songwriting games and exercises 

• Essential info on copyrighting your songs, music publishing, and digital royalties 

• Online companion at with playlists and additional resources

Ben Harper calls The Complete Singer-Songwriter “the most creatively valuable book on the subject” with songwriting tips and techniques from more than 100 artists, including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Jason Mraz, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Garcia, Dar Williams, and more. 

$19.99 (US)  
Inventory #HL 00145576  
ISBN: 9781495019913  
Width: 6.0″, Length: 9.0″, 248 pages


Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand-prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. He has released five solo albums and is the author of Rock Troubadours: Conversations on the Art and Craft of Songwriting, the multimedia guide Songwriting Basics for Guitarists, and the video series Learn Seven Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic  Guitar. He teaches courses on songwriting and creative nonfiction writing at Syracuse University and leads workshops on guitar and songwriting. He lives in upstate New York.

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