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Written in My Soul

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Written in My Soul, first published in 1986, is a snapshot of some of rock & roll's most iconic artists at the same moment. Bill Flanagan, who would go on to create VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads, spoke about songwriting and creativity with Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bono and nineteen more music legends.

Long a collector's item, second hand copies of Written in My Soul have sold for over a hundred dollars. It is a look at rock & roll history from inside the heads of the people who made it.


Bill Flanagan is executive vice president and editorial director of MTV Networks. He is also the author of A&R, New Bedlam, U2 at the End of the World, Last of the Moe Haircuts, and the novel Evening's Empire. Flanagan has written for several magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Spy, and Vanity Fair.

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Hardback Editions

November 1986 : USA Hardback

Title: Written in My Soul: Rock's Great Songwriters Talk About Creating Their Music
Author(s): Bill Flanagan
ISBN: 0-8092-5153-1 / 978-0-8092-5153-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Contemporary Books
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Paperback Editions

October 1990 : UK Paperback

Title: Written in My Soul
Author(s): Bill Flanagan
ISBN: 0-7119-2224-1 / 978-0-7119-2224-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Music Sales Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Written in My Soul: Conversations with Rock's Great Songwriters
Author(s): Bill Flanagan
Publisher: RosettaBooks
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