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American Songwriter

American Songwriter

American Songwriter is a bi-monthly magazine, launched in 1984, with in-depth interviews with up-and-coming, established and legendary songwriters. It also covers recording technology and reports on the business of music publishing with interviews and insight from publishers, producers and other industry professionals.


10 articles

Lou Reed: Transformed

Interview by Holly Gleason, American Songwriter, 2 January 2009

HE IS sitting right there on the sidewalk, eating red snapper, heavy-lidded eyes taking in the world around him and engaging with the various people ...

Journey: How 'Don't Stop Believin'' Became Such a Monster Hit

Report by Steven R Rosen, American Songwriter, November 2010

POP STARS OF disparate ages and musical styles, when forced to share a stage, can be as awkward together as "strangers waiting up and down ...

Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones: Behind The Song: 'Not Fade Away'

Essay by Steven R Rosen, American Songwriter, 16 March 2011

AT THIS YEAR'S Grammys, 67-year-old Mick Jagger was out from the get-go to tell the audience how it was gonna be. He wasn't ceding anything ...

Emmylou Harris: Hard Bargain

Review by Steven R Rosen, American Songwriter, May 2011

IT'S SURPRISING THE American Association of Anesthesiologists hasn't chosen Emmylou Harris as the best voice to hear when awakening from surgery. ...

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan: Donald Fagen

Interview by Paul Zollo, American Songwriter, January 2013

On the occasion of Donald Fagen's latest non-Steely Dan effort, Sunken Condos, we sat down to talk about this new classic, and the previous ones. ...

James McMurtry: Landscape Artist

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, American Songwriter, 5 March 2015

MOST OF JAMES MCMURTRY's songs are populated by rural and small-town characters, but these are not pastoral hymns to the easygoing joys of country living. ...

Blind Boy Fuller: Piedmont Blues' Notorious B.I.G.

Retrospective by Geoffrey Himes, American Songwriter, 13 May 2015

WHERE DID the Rolling Stones get the title for their 1970 live album, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out? From Blind Boy Fuller's 1938 single of the ...

The Avett Brothers, The Be Good Tanyas, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Carter Family, The Hackensaw Boys, The Mammals, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ollabelle, Charley Patton, Uncle Earl: America Unfiltered: The World of Old-Time Music

Overview by Geoffrey Himes, American Songwriter, 8 October 2015

RUTH UNGAR understands that a lot of people can't tell the difference between bluegrass and old-time music. Anytime they see a group with a fiddle ...

James Booker: Real genius

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, American Songwriter, November 2018

MANY NEW ORLEANS pianists are better known — Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Harry Con- nick Jr., Professor Longhair, Fats Domino and Art Neville — but those ...

Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite: Experience of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite shine on 100 Years of Blues

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, American Songwriter, 7 October 2020

THE TITLE OF the first album featuring Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite as co-leaders is called 100 Years of Blues. That's a reference to the ...

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