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Popular Song and Musical Theater: Songwriting

A Guide to Important Reference Sources and Online Resources Available at USC Upstate.

General Books on Songwriting

Books About Songwriters

In addition to the books mentioned here, search under the name of songwriters and composers for biographies and books about their music. More examples may be found under biographies on the Popular Song and Musical Theater library guide.


These are collections of lyrics (the actual text of songs). Although much is available online these days, it is sometimes difficult to find authorized web publication of the lyrics of songs still in copyright.