Origin stories of over 40 much-loved hits from the 60s to the present day, as told by the songwriters themselves
Having interviewed hundreds of well-known solo artists, bands and behind-the-scenes songwriters, Songwriting has had the privilege of learning how these talented creators work and the circumstances that inspired some of their most successful songs. Armed with these inspiring accounts, the paperback book How I Wrote… was born: a compendium of the real stories behind 40 chart-topping hits and cherished classics, in the words of the writers themselves.
From the likes of The Kinks, The Doors and Rod Stewart in the 60s, to Beyonce, Aloe Blacc and The Lumineers in the 21st century – through five decades of pop, rock, R&B and indie tracks in-between – How I Wrote puts the art and craft of the song at the centre of the stage.
To ensure the book’s as educational as it is entertaining, Songwriting also asked expert James Linderman – a professional songwriting coach and Berklee College of Music ambassador based in Canada – to look at all the individual stories, and highlight the key learning points that any aspiring songwriter can take away.
So whether you’re an experienced writer looking to pick up a few pro tips, an absolute beginner who could use some simple, friendly advice or just an ardent music-lover who wants to know more about their favourite songs, you’ll find what you’re looking for within the pages of How I Wrote…
The How I Wrote paperback book is on sale now via Amazon, Waterstones and selected independent outlets across the UK, such as Rise Music. To find out more and buy a copy, go to: songwritingmagazine.co.uk/how-i-wrote