Backbeat Books has announced it has published the 2nd edition of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, a troubadour’s guide to writing, performing, recording, and business.

The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond.

“Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers takes you through all of it – from the fun stuff to the daily grind, from writing to stepping on stage and building a business around you. He schools you on the mechanics of songwriting. Informs you about some key business contracts. And the insightful quotes from working songwriters give you a true sense of belonging. Jeffrey brings you into the mindset and lifestyle of the touring professional songwriter,” says Ellis Paul.

Ben Harper calls The Complete Singer-Songwriter “the most creatively valuable book on the subject” with songwriting tips and techniques from more than 100 artists, including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Jason Mraz, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Garcia, Dar Williams, and more.

New in The Complete Singer-Songwriter 2nd Edition

  • A songwriter’s guide to chord progressions.
  • Understanding song form and rhyme.
  • Dozens of songwriting games and exercises.
  • Essential info on copyrighting your songs, music publishing, and digital royalties.
  • Online companion at with playlists and additional resources.

The book is available for purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Complete Singer-Songwriter