Song Man

Song Man : One Man's Mission to Write the Perfect Pop Song

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Armed with a singing voice that makes children cry and a sense of melody that could best be described as challenging, Will Hodgkinson takes off on a songwriting journey. He receives lessons and advice from, among others, Keith Richards, Ray Davies, a brilliant recluse called Lawrence, and the hippy-era songwriter Bridget St John. But will his efforts be good enough to cut a 45rpm single at the famed Toe-Rag Studios in London?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 210g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747592950
  • 9780747592952
  • 671,238

About Will Hodgkinson

Will Hodgkinson was born in Newcastle and now lives in London with his wife and two children. He has written for the Guardian, Mojo, Vogue, Daily Telegraph, the Idler and Wallpaper. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Guitar Man, published by Bloomsbury in 2006.
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Review quote

'The art of songwriting is something I've explored all my life. It's a mysterious and elusive subject. In Song Man some of those mysteries have been unravelled. It's a great book' Richard Hawley 'An ace sequel to Guitar Man' Observer Music Monthly 'Once again, it's surprising how many famous names are willing to listen to our man's childlike fumblings, while artistic endeavour threatens to drive a truck through his seemingly lovely relationship ... it's hard to resist checking out Hodgkinson's efforts online' Time Out 'Amusing, informative and wish-fulfilling, Hodgkinson's book simultaneously makes you respect the genius of songwriters and fills you with hope that you might just be able to pen that number one yourself' Financial Times Magazine
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