Song Book – the book

“Wonderfully eclectic”  Ugly Things magazine

“Highly readable and well-rounded…remarkable”  Shindig! magazine

“The stories themselves are worth the price of admission”  The Ormsby Review


Direct from the publisher, New Haven (print version; price includes P&P)

In the UK: Amazon (print and Kindle), Waterstones, and WH Smith 

In the US: Amazon (print and Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (print and Nook)

In Canada:  Indigo (print and Kobo) and Amazon (print and Kindle); also available at Music MadHouse Records in Burnaby, BC; Neptoon Records in Vancouver, BC; and Beatmerchant Record Store in Richmond, BC

In Australia: Amazon and Booktopia

Worldwide: Amazon Global Shipping and Smashwords (all e-book formats)

Buy Local! SONG BOOK can also be ordered at most independent bookstores (ISBN 9780463091333).

Every song tells a story, but every song also has its own story – the ideas or events that inspired it, the songwriters who created it, the artists that recorded it, and the impact that it made. With extensive research, critical assessment, and the occasional dose of snark, Song Book tells the stories of 21 songs from the `60s and `70s. Some of these songs may be familiar; others, maybe not. But each of these songs has fascinating tales in and around it.

With chapters on songs by enduring stars such as the Beach Boys and Donovan, by masterful writers such as Randy Newman and Tim Hardin, and by under-appreciated acts such as Split Enz, Song Book covers a wide range of musical styles and creativity. Song Book will appeal to music lovers, readers interested in popular culture, and anyone who wants to find out more about songs that they love. And who knows? You just might end up discovering a new favourite tune.

Song Book: 21 Songs From 10 Years (1964-74) is published by  New Haven Publishing


Video playlists of songs from the book

Promotional video for the book