Rock Troubadours: Conversations on the Art and Craft of Songwriting

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Listen in as great rock troubadours share the deeply personal process of nurturing a spark of inspiration into a fully realized piece of music. In these rare conversations with Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Acoustic Guitar magazine's founding editor and an active singer-songwriter, they speak candidly about the highly personal art and craft of songwriting. From the multifaceted Joni Mitchell to the hard-driving Dave Matthews Band, these artists convey their messages in a variety of sounds and styles, yet they all approach their craft with the same reverence, integrity, energy, and candor.


  • Paul Simon
  • James Taylor
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
  • Indigo Girls
  • Chris Whitley
  • Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
  • Ben Harper
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ani DiFranco

"Rodgers is a masterful interviewer, and this collection of essays is a good source for both musical ideas and glimpses into the creative process of some of the most influential musicians of our time."—Dirty Linen

"Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers' collection of interviews is a source book for songwriters, guitarists, and music lovers who have a need to dig deep into the roots of the music that has become a soundtrack for their lives."—Patty Larkin, singer-songwriter

"I love what I do. I get to review fantastic books like this one. Here they are—some of the songwriters I have most admired throughout my lifetime, all talking about what makes them want to write, how they write, where their writing comes from—It's amazing stuff...I highly recommend you pick this one up."—Jodi Krangle, The Muse's News

"Rock Troubadours is a wonderful resource for guitarists and songwriters everywhere...It's that rare book that truly illuminates the creative process."—Blair Jackson, author of Garcia: An American Life

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