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The Craft & Business of Songwriting Paperback – September 26, 2006
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The plus to the book are that it's got lots of great insights into the music business and is very matter of fact and brutally honest about the music industry and how it works and that helps in dispelling any rosy myths one might have when thinking of getting into it. That pushes you to realistically assess your talents and work harder to step up your game or decide if this career is one you really want to get into.
My advice though is that this one book will not be enough if you really want to learn everything you need to know about songwriting, especially the musical aspects of composing and writing great lyrics.
Some other books I found very very helpful as a companion to this were:
Shortcuts to Hit songwriting - Robin Frederick
My review for this book is functionally the same as my review for another book "6 steps to Songwriting Success" by Jason Blume.
Essentially both books try to do the same thing, but in my opinion this one does a better job, and that's the reason I gave it 4 stars and gave the other 3 stars. If you're evaluating the two books and have cash for only one, go for this one instead.
In this wonderful manual, Braheney goes over nearly every piece of putting together a hit song and getting it on the radio. He discusses some about actually writing the song the best way, but this isn't a how-to manual for writing songs. It's about writing songs that will get played on the radio. The are better books on pure songwriting. The real value of this book is showing you what an A & R person is looking for. The business part of the book is invaluable. He explains exactly what you should do and who you should know to move your song to production. It's nearly a step by step guide that has worked for many other people. It's great!
I recommend this book to any songwriter. It was recommended to me by very successful people in the business, and it is a great resource for anyone that likes to write.
Along with songwriting itself, you'll be learning about how profit is split, and how the music business works in general/things to consider in order to be successful.
John Braheny's book has helped me immensely- not only is the content packed with all the information an aspiring songwriter needs to know, but each chapter is self-contained: you can easily refer back to sections coaching you through each part of the songwriting process.
I've kept this book 5 feet from my recording gear since the day I bought it and refer back to it three times weekly.
If you can't afford to have John Braheny sitting beside you, this book is the next best thing!