Rise Up Singing
Rise Up Singing is a best-selling group singing songbook containing chords, lyrics, and sources to 1200 songs from a wide variety of genres from Beatles to Broadway, from Bob Dylan to traditional ballads.
The book does not include notation of the songs' melodies (with the exception of the two sections on rounds), meaning that users must either know the tune, or find a recording, to be able to learn many of the songs. It was first published in 1988 by Sing Out!. It is edited by Peter Blood and Annie Patterson. Songs are arranged by category: there are 35 different categories arranged in alphabetical order, plus artist, subject, title, culture, holiday and musicals indices.
There are nearly a million copies in print. It's used for group singing in monthly singalongs, homes, churches, synagogues, schools, camps, and on picket lines. Many people also like to use Rise Up Singing for their own personal use. Having song lyrics and chords for 1200 songs from a wide variety of genres gives them easy access to many of their favorites songs. Performers often carry a copy in their gig bag.
- The history of how the book came into being
- The book's unique format, layout & indexing
- The set of 20 teaching disks that contain tunes to all 1200 songs in the book
- The book's creators, Peter Blood & Annie Patterson
- Pete Seeger's role in the book
- Buy copies in either standard 7x10 or the larger 9x12 format. Bulk discount is available for 5 or more copies.