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Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook Spiral-bound – Sep 1 2000


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  • Spiral-bound: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sing Out Publications; REV edition (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962670472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962670473
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #682,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Wohl, Ph.D. on July 11 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Berman on Jan. 11 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Armistead on May 16 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3 2002
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 28 1998
Format: Spiral-bound
The folks who put this together have really done a tremendous amount of work, and if this is your style of music, you cannot help but be satisfied. This book is quite comprehensive of a certain style, but use caution if you are looking for many traditional songs, or if you have much reverence for your country or its heritage. For example, the section on songs about America has as many that are derisive of the American people as are praising. The section on Men consists chiefly of songs like "Let the Woman in You Come Through" and other sophomoric satires of male values. You will not find the traditional "Red Wing", but you will find "Union Maid" which used the same tune a century later. You will not find "May the Circle be Unbroken", but you will find a parody of it. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is too obscure to be included, but ever-popular "The Battle Hymn of Women" is here. If you are not comfortable with these substitutions, you may wish to steer clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By northern dragon queen on Dec 23 2013
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
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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By Laura Yaros on April 24 2014
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WE already knew about this wonderful book because a number of our friends had copies and we decided to get our own. I really love this book because it includes not only "traditional" songs, but also more contemporary material by feminist artists, as well as a number of other social justice activists. There is a really wide variety of songs to suit many tastes; there is something in there for most people to enjoy.
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By janet on April 1 2014
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This is a stupendous volume. It arrived in pristine condition, and I am thrilled. Too bad it seems to be out of print.
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