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Songs without rhyme : prose by celebrated songwriters
Cash, Rosanne.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 186 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
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PS659 .S65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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What happens when you ask today's top songwriters to apply their talents to prose You get a surprising and diverse collection of writing as penetrating and unforgettable as your most beloved album.

Like writers and poets, the best songwriters are storytellers; their words and music inspire, move, and comfort us. This wholly original collection brings together the talents of today's most accomplished songwriters in a compelling and rewarding anthology -- not of songs, but of prose. Although most of the songwriters included here have never before published a work of this kind, their talent for it is undeniable. Between these covers are pieces by David Byrne, Marc Cohn, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Joe Henry, Lyle Lovett, Steven Page, Jane Siberry, John Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucinda Williams, and Johnny Cash, whose daughter, Grammy winning musician and songwriter Rosanne Cash, serves as editor of this volume. Each piece is paired with the song lyric that inspired it, offering a rare glimpse into the artists creative process. Together, they comprise a fascinating collection of unique talent and creativity -- one that music fans and readers of all kinds will find hard to resist.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Rosanne Cash continues to champion genre-crossing singer/songwriters with Songs Without Rhyme: Prose by Celebrated Songwriters, in which 14 artists use the lyrics of one their own songs as a starting point for a prose piece. With works by luminaries like David Byrne (his funny, disturbing and well-wrought story concerns a future black market of genetic engineering), Johnny Cash (whose Cold War story from 1953 tells of the USSR's use of holograms and phonetic spelling to maintain its occupation of the "USSA"), Shawn Colvin and the editor herself, the collection expands on wide-ranging themes explored more briefly or obtusely in the original songs. Rock, folk and pop fans will enjoy this broader view into the imaginations of certain stars. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Cash has gathered a group of songwriters of unquestionable talent and created a unique volume of prose. Convinced that songwriting is a literary form unto itself and that those who dedicate their careers to this endeavor are unappreciated as writers, Cash asked 13 others, including David Byrne, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, and John Stewart, to join her in compiling this book. With the premise that songs are an accomplished form of storytelling, Cash requested that each author use one of his or her own songs, characters, or themes as the basis for a new prose piece. All of the writers, except her famous father, Johnny Cash, complied with her request. He did, however, submit a story that he had written back in 1953. The selected songs of each of the artists are coupled with their new offerings, providing a surprising unity when read in pairs. A brief biography of each songwriter is also included. Recommended for all libraries, but especially popular culture collections in public libraries. Cynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.