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Isle of Noises

Conversations with great British songwriters

Daniel Rachel

Isle of Noises features brand new, exclusive, in-depth interviews with many of the UK’s greatest living musicians. The heart of the book is to understand songwriting and the creative process behind the craft. Each interviewee discusses the inspiration and working practice behind their most successful songs, often disclosing lyrical and melodic secrets along the way. The combination of each artist’s unique personal insights and the breadth of knowledge represented in their collected experience makes this the definitive word on classic British songwriting – as told by the songwriters themselves.

The contributors include: Ray Davies, Robin Gibb, Jimmy Page, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Chas Jankel, John Lydon, Mick Jones, Paul Weller, Sting, Andy Partridge, Difford and Tilbrook, Madness, Johnny Marr, Billy Bragg, Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant, Lee Mavers, Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher, Lily Allen, Laura Marling.

‘A great set of questions. I’m proud to be part of this project.’ Ray Davies

‘I was astounded by Daniel’s knowledge and even after all these years to be asked original questions that surprise you was very impressive.’ Robin Gibb

‘It’s a really interesting project. I bet no one says the same thing.’ Damon Albarn


Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978144722675801
Published: 11/09/2013

Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel wrote his first song when he was sixteen and was the lead-singer in Rachels Basement. He was first eligible to vote in the 1992 General Election and now lives in north London with his partner and three children. Daniel is the author of Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters – a Guardian and NME Book of the Year– also published by Picador, and a regular guest contributor on BBC Radio 5.

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