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Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook [Spiral-bound]

Peter Blood
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Sept. 1 2000
This comprehensive collection has sold tens of thousands of copies around the world. It contains words and guitar chords to nearly 1200 songs, arranged in a compact, easy-to-use format for locating songs and working with groups. You won't find an array of songs like this anywhere else: 'Folk Revival' favorites popularized by Baez, Seeger, Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Dylan, Mitchell, Taylor, Donovan, and many others. * The best-known material of contemporary folk songwriters including Near, Staines, Williamson, Rogers, Bok and many more. * Broadway show tunes, Beatles songs, Motown hits * Hymns, spirituals, and gospel standards * Songs about peace, freedom, labor and the environment * Ballads, cowboy songs, shanties and blues

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"This is the best, most exhilarating and glorious history of the United States: a singing history. It is more than a lovely songbook—it's a play-work-fight-freedom hymnal."  —Studs Terkel, author, Hope Dies Last

"Singing improves the quality of life, making us feel better, stronger, wiser. Here are several hundred songs to get started on!"  —Holly Near, author, Fire in the Rain
--This text refers to an alternate Spiral-bound edition.

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Peter Blood and Annie Patterson have over 25 years of experience in song-leading at conferences and gatherings using Rise Up Singing throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. They both live in Cheney, Pennsylvania.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my very favorites Jan. 11 2004
When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book. I had to buy the second edition a few years ago because my original copy was falling apart, quite literally. (But I still have it; couldn't bear to throw it away.) The second ed adds a much-needed songwriter index.
You couldn't play the songs in this book if you don't already know the tune, since only chords are listed for most songs. On the other hand I can't open to any page without finding songs I know (and usually, love). Many of these are songs you won't find in other songbooks. All are singable. Included songs run the gamut of folk music (and that includes trad, Celtic and other ethnicities, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, and on and on) as well as Motown, Tin Pan Alley, a few showtunes, and more. When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential! May 16 2002
We have two copies in our household and plan to buy more. Make sure you get the spiral-bound version, though, because that holds up to actual use much better than the other one.
This is the best book I've ever seen for singalongs, jam sessions, etc. There are songs in it that I've never heard, but that's because there are SO many songs! And I do wish that they'd put out a version (I know it would have to be several volumes) with at least the melody line for each song, but I understand the decision to just have the words and chords for most of the songs. The indices - by topic and performer - are very helpful. I found myself wishing for another index by time period last teek, though.
I'm told that a new collection, Rise Up Singing II, I suppose, is in the works. I hope so! This one is getting a little dated (how relevant are most of the 60's protest songs today?) but is still a marvelous resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Song Book Around July 11 2002
This collection includes all the old favorites, as well as the songs of the labor and civil rights struggles. It is indespensible for anyone who sings along or with groups. Easy guitar chords. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Have" for any gathering! May 3 2002
By A Customer
Because Rise Up covers so many different subject, culture, and difficulty levels all in one text, I give this collection my highest regard!The spiral binding makes it very easy to read from, and the chords are (generally) quite easy to follow, even with only a basic working knowledge of a song. I especially enjoy the kid's songs, many of which I remember singing at an older relative's knee! I recommend owning multiple copies, so that you can share at any gathering!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible & a classic Dec 9 2003
This book has to be experienced to be believed. Compressing 1200 songs into less than 300 pages, it is a masterpiece of concise musical reference. The songs are organized into chapters based on themes, but there is also an excellent index which even lets you to look up a song by its first line. Extremely handy!
Some people have mentioned finding the book confusing or poorly laid out/organized. While I disagree I can understand how it might be that way for some. The abbreviated chord notations don't convey the timing details as well as regular sheet music, and there are no melody notes (vocal part) so you really have to be somewhat familar with the song. But there is a definite logic to their notation system, which is explained at the beginning of the book, and I think they've done a fabulous job of squeezing a huge amount (and variety) of music into a really small space. It replaces several times its weight in other songbooks and the spiral binding is not only convenient but also very durable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a treasure Jan. 20 2003
I have bought more copies of this book than I can count. Why? I keep giving my copy away! This is a must for any family that enjoys singing. Every mother or father with a decent voice wlll want a copy after looking it over, it's got so many great songs -- from the shakers, to spirituals, to the grateful dead, to rogers and hammerstein. A few minutes thumbing through this book and you are humming. Every night for 9 years we have sung from a well-worn (and now missing!) copy to our children as they drift off to sleep.
I'm ordering two this round, I'm hoping they will stay in my house for a while. I imagine that someday my 2 children will each want a copy so they can sing the songs that meant so much to them to their own children. I only hope its still in print by then -- or that I have managed to hold onto two copies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great campfire book June 9 2011
By mharker
I had a couple "gigs" lined up to play at campfires for kids, family, etc. Though I am reasonably accomplished and play guitar in a band - I had no suitable material!

Rise Up Singing was the perfect solution. I got two books (which gave me free shipping) so I could work with one and give the other to the group. Felt good to say "We can do any song in this book. Just like Kareoke if you can sing it... I can play it!"

There are dozens of kids classics (Old McDonald, Itsy Bitsy Spider), plus plenty of well-known songs to please the adults. Not just folk but some nice Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and popular show tunes. Pretty much every page there will be songs you know and can play, even if you are a beginner guitar player.

Get it! And make sure you get the "spiral bound" version so it can lay flat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vast number of singable songs
From folk tunes to spirituals to showtunes. It's all there. Easy to read. It is a good resource for singers.
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this is the music book for want to be singers and ( hopefully) the friends gathered with their guitars and Ukeleles. I have used it that way numerous times. Read more
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I bought 3 copies of this book a few years ago and have given them all away so now I have bought another one for myself. Read more
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