The Best Books on Songwriting, the Music Business, and Creativity

Looking  for some reading on songwriting? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for that songwriter in your life? Here’s a collection of books I highly recommend. They’re either books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or are considered staples in any songwriter’s library. Books are listed in three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity.

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Enjoy the books and let me know if you pick up any of them!

 

BOOKS ON SONGWRITING

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Writing Better Lyrics
By Pat Pattison

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Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice
By Pat Pattison

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Pat Pattison’s Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming for Poets and Lyricists
By Pat Pattison

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Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting
By Ralph Murphy

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Six Steps to Songwriting Success, Revised Edition: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
By Jason Blume

 

BOOKS ON THE MUSIC BUSINESS

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This Business of Songwriting: Revised 2nd Edition
By Jason Blume

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Making  Music Make Money: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher
By Eric Beall

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Market Your Music Online Workbook
By Katherine Forbes

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How Nashville Became Music City, USA: 50 Years of Music Row
By Michael Kosser

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Getting Signed! An Insider’s Guide to the Record Industry
By George Howard

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Music, Money, and Success
By Brabec & Brabec

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What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business
By Peter M. Thrall

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All You Need to Know About the Music Business: 9th Edition
By Donald S. Passman

 

BOOKS ON CREATIVITY

The War of Art
By Steven Pressfield

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The Artist’s Way
By Julia Cameron

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
By Austin Kleon

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The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity
By Carrie Bloomston

 

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Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Born in the Sunshine State, Sarah Spencer writes vibrant, shining americana/pop music. She works in Nashville TN as a singer/songwriter, as well as a UX designer for a marketing firm. You can listen to her music at SarahSpencer.com or purchase her debut EP, "Freshman Year" on iTunes.