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James Gordon - Pipe Street Songbook

James Gordon - Pipe Street Songbook
by Jack Cooper, Ken Brown and James Gordon, editors

Publisher: BerLen Music Inc.
Genre: music and performing arts; folk songs; Canadiana
Format: large-size paperback; 113 pages; spiral binding; black & white illustrations
Price: $32.00

llustrations by Tanya Williams



One of Canada’s premier folk musicians, James Gordon is the founder of the folk group Tamarack, which toured throughout North America and recorded fourteen albums. By his own admission, Gordon has written “around a thousand songs”.
This is a collection of 50 of his most popular much-requested songs, grouped into broad themes: historical people, places and events (Frobisher Bay, Mining for Gold), comment on social justice issues (Bomb Them With Butter, There Is No Silent Night), and humour (Sweaters for Penguins).
Each song is accompanied by chord and melody notation, and complete guitar fingering charts.  
The Songbook includes comments and stories from Gordon on a number of topics, such as storytelling through song, the responsibility of a songwriter, and developing his songwriting “voice”.
Published in a format that is easy to use, this is an excellent choice for the aspiring singer/songwriter and guitarist, as well as for anyone with an interest in the Canadian story as told through song.