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Great Songbooks for Group Singing!
Rise Up Singing is our best-selling group singing songbook containing lyrics, chords and sources to 1200 songs from a wide variety of genres from Beatles to Broadway, from Bob Dylan to traditional ballads. It has sold around a million copies since it came out in 1988 and is considered "the bible" in folk music and group singing circles. Buy a copy now.
Rise Again the 2015 sequel to Rise Up Singing contains 1200 additional songs. It includes an even richer variety of genres with full chapters of early rock 'n roll, blues, country, jazz standards, Motown, British invasion hits, etc. in addition to lots of terrific traditoinal and composed folk songs. Buy a copy now.
If I Had a Hammer: The Pete Seeger Singalong Songbook We are currently at work on this newest singalong book, expected out in March 2019 to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pete's birth in 1919! It will include words & chords to about 40 of the best songs Pete used in his singalong concerts.
More great resources to enrich musical pursuits:
A Guide to Songleading and the Communal Singing, by veteran songleader Ben Kramarz is the best book on this subject, whether you are leading singing in the classroom, a faith community, at camp or on a picket line. It even includes 200 of the best songs to use in a singalong (with where they can be found in Rise Up Singing or Rise Again).
3 additional Seeger song collections: American Favorite Ballads and Bells of Rhymney were edited by Pete Seeger in the 1960's. The Pete Seeger Centennial Songbook came out in 2019 in celebration of the 100th anniversary Pete's birth. All three books contain words & music to all songs.
If you are a songwriter or would like to become one, Songwriting and the Creative Process, can be a great aid to your honing of this craft. It includes essays by leading songwriters in the folk tradition from Graham Nash to Tom Paxton and addresses all the main issues and challenges facing a songwriter.
Note: The Seeger autobiography is currently out of print. Watch this site for more information about when the Seeger autobiography will be back in print
Pete Seeger's autobiography, entitled Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A Singalong Memoir, was edited by Peter Blood and published by Sing Out in 1993 and co-published in a new W.W.Norton edition in 2009. This is a wonderful memoir that includes songs, photographs and stories from Pete. The latest edition comes with an MP3 teaching disc for all the tunes in the book produced by David Bernz.