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Archive Highlight: John Braheny speaks on The Craft and Business of Songwriting [Audio] (55 mins)

Another interesting piece of John Braheny history from the John Braheny Archives on the Craft and Business of Songwriting.


John Braheny speaks on The Craft and Business of Songwriting on this undated cassette tape. Most likely recorded at a Songwriters Expo.

Archive Highlight: John Braheny speaks on The Craft and Business of Songwriting [Audio]  

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From the Acting Archivist…

This is one of those pieces which exist in every archive collection — an undated item with only basic information, if any at all. I have no idea when this recording was made, although it appears to have been presented at a Songwriters Expo, due to John’s mention of “the rest of the weekend” near the end of the talk. If you happen to have any further information about this recording, please send it along and I will add it to the archival entry for this item.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Archive Highlight: A “Hangout” discussion with John Braheny and Len Chandler, LA Songwriters Showcase, April 18, 1979 – 47 min [Audio]

Another interesting piece of John Braheny history from the John Braheny Archives on the Craft and Business of Songwriting.


A “Hangout” discussion with John Braheny and Len Chandler, LA Songwriters Showcase, April 18, 1979 [Audio]

John and Len host a “hangout” session at an LA Songwriters Showcase meeting in 1979. Digitized from the original cassette tape.

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(Note: These “JB” numbers are the unique Accession number for each piece in the archives and allows us to quickly locate any item by searching the archive index)

From the Acting Archivist…

As I make my way through stacks of cassette tapes — THE media used for recording during this period — I am digitizing each tape as I add it to the index. I’ll only be releasing a fraction of the collection here, but if you are looking for a particular interview or LASS meeting, you might be able to find it in the archive catalog.

As I work through the collection, I have been struck with the longevity of these cassette tapes, many stored without cases in a rather haphazard manner. I have only had one or two that squeak or otherwise show signs of stress. I haven’t encountered any flaking of the oxide on the tape, which was originally a worry when I first started this project. This is one of the older tapes I have seen so far.

As we move forward with the archive, I’ll be looking to have any audio files — especially interviews — transcribed, so that we can create a searchable archive of all the audio available.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Live interview with Richard Addrisi on 12/10/86 from The John Braheny Interviews – 35 Minutes [Audio]

John Braheny was a diligent researcher, amassing a amazing amount of information about the music industry … not just for himself, but to provide teaching tools for songwriters/performers and others interested in how the music industry works. He loved meeting people who were pivotal in their particular roles and was eager to ‘pick their brain’ for how they did what they did. He and his partner, Len Chandler, founded The LA Songwriters Showcase and as an an ideal setting in which to conduct a ‘live interview’ on stage, with hit songwriters, singers/musicians, music publishers, managers, agents, record company executives, and more.  Some of those ‘raps’ are provided here in the Archives in audio form, some in written form, and some later ones in video form. Most important to John was that the interviewee had something valuable and helpful to share. He wanted to know their ‘process.’ He later did interviews, (or led panel discussions) for the California Copyright Conference, the West Coast Songwriters Conference, TAXI Road Rally conferences, United Airlines “In-Flight” Audio Series,  and many other outlets from 1971-2011. — JoAnn Braheny


Another interesting piece of John Braheny history from the John Braheny Archives on the Craft and Business of Songwriting. John  told us that he wanted the archives to contain all the great educational materials created, over the years, through Songwriters Showcase and Songwriters Expo, as well as his own personal history. This is just one small piece of the wealth of audio that is available and I will continue converting this material, and sharing it, as time allows.


Live interview with Richard Addrisi on 12/10/86 – 35 Minutes

Recorded live at an event, most likely a Songwriters Showcase.

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Len Chandler (LASS), Richard Addrisi & John Braheny (LASS) 

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