- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495049256
- ISBN-13: 978-1495049255
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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''I'm eternally grateful to professional songwriters, the unsung heroes of many giant careers. Shelly Peiken provides fascinating insight into this least understood profession to the thorough delight of the reader.'' - Clive Davis
''A little bit of Nora Ephron, a little bit Carole King and a whole lot of fun.'' --David Wild
''Few know how challenging it can be to navigate the music business better than the very people who sustain it - hardworking professional songwriters. One writer who lived through that struggle and attained great heights is BMI affiliate Shelly Peiken. By sharing her experience and her journey as a songwriter, Peiken's story is informative and inspirational, but also a compellingly funny read, a must for music industry newcomers and veterans alike.'' - BMI
''In the conversational tone of your BFF, Shelly Peiken tells you everything about the life of a songwriter. The good, the bad, the funny, the sad, what you need to know, what you want to know and even what you wish you didn't know, but are now grateful she told you. Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is the 'must have songwriter's guide to life in the music business.'' --Cynthia Weil
''Confessions of a Serial Songwriter reinforces the idea that we can always dream, we can always aspire to do something new and invigorating with our lives; we just have to believe and put one foot in front of the other.'' --Jorge Hernandez
About the Author
SHELLY PEIKEN (Los Angeles) is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is best known for penning culturally resonant, female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera's No. 1 hit What a Girl Wants and Meredith Brooks' smash Bitch.
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It's the story about her life and it was a blast to read this book. The pages kept on turning until there was no more page to turn.
The book is very personal and intimate. In a nutshell it's Shelly's memoir and thoughts about life and music and how to live it to the fullest.
If you're a songwriter, it's a must read. I wouldn't call it a songwriting technique book, though there are lots of tips and ideas for how to become a better songwriter in it. What it has is something far more interesting.... The life story of a successful songwriter and what really goes on inside her mind as she progresses through her career and personal life.
There are a lot of celebrity cameos throughout the book and Shelly shares many funny and hilarious (and also upsetting) moments when she encounters and approaches artists that have recorded her songs. She also shares many of the negative aspects of the changing music industry. Her interactions with various producers and how they treat their co-writers were very interesting, especially the chapters "How Hard Can You Get Me" and "The Worst Session Ever".
Shelly Peiken was a lot of fun to hang with in the form of this book.... it was kind of like sitting on a couch with a glass of wine listening to her telling all her best juicy stories.
Some of the nuggets of advice and overall approach to both life and songwriting are things I will carry with me and hopefully put to use going forward. Highly recommended.
Inspiring, hilarious, touching and genuine, “Confessions” is both entertaining and educational. She makes the leap from writing “3 minutes worth of lyrics” to full-length book flawlessly and sticks the landing.
In the interest of full disclosure, it has been my recent good fortune to become acquainted with Shelly and her wonderful family via my work with her husband, Adam. I can attest firsthand that the wit, charm and intellect found within "Confessions of a Serial Songwriter" jumps off the page and into real life. We truly wouldn’t have it any other way.
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