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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.


Lou Reed: Transformed

Interview by Holly Gleason, American Songwriter, 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, 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. ...

James McMurtry: Landscape Artist

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, American Songwriter, 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, 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 ...

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