Singer-Songwriters: Pop Music's Performer-Composers, From A To ZEvon (Billboard Hitmakers)
Singer-Songwriters: Pop Music's Performer-Composers, from A to ZEvon (Billboard Hitmakers)
Some of the most distinctive and successful artists in popular music are those who use the deceptively simple context of pop songwriting to communicate their unique artistic vision. Part of the Billboard Hitmakers series, this book to focuses on these performers exclusively. Singer-songwriters have been active across the spectrum of pop music styles, from the polished folk-pop of James Taylor, the progressive L.A. sounds of Joni Mitchell, and the sophisticated multicultural blends of Paul Simon, to the New York-tinged ironies of Lou Reed, the rock and roll classics of Carole King, and the gutbucket rock of John Hiatt. More than 200 artists are profiled here, offering an in-depth exploration of the real movers and shakers in the pop music pantheon. Using chart-topping song hits as a point of departure, each profile highlights the artist's accomplishments, traces his career path, and measures his impact. An additional section explores the "Unsung Heroes" who were influential despite a lack of chart hits. Dozens of photos add to the appeal of this authoritative look at some of the world's favourite musicians.