Brian Oliver

Biography

Brian Oliver is a journalist, musician and songwriter, and also a highly experienced music publisher and music consultant who has been involved in the music industry for over 25 years. As a publisher, he has worked on the songs of legendary writers such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond, Chip Taylor, Gilbert O’Sullivan and John & Johanna Hall; bands like The Stranglers, Spandau Ballet and The Shadows; film & TV composers such as Colin Towns; and highly talented new writers like Joni Fuller. He has also been a consultant to major companies such as Universal Music, Warner Music, BMG and Zomba Music Group.

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Books

Surprising Rhyming For Songwriters & Poets: The Alternative Rhyming Dictionary To Inspire Rhymes People May Not Expect To Hear
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 247,260. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Music reference
SURPRISING RHYMING is a new kind of rhyming dictionary that encourages writers to be more adventurous in their rhyming. Based on a study of the most inventive rhymes used by the world's greatest songwriters, it contains 150,000 rhyming solutions for 1400 different rhyme sounds. It offers a much broader choice of rhyming ideas than the 'perfect' rhymes found in traditional rhyming dictionaries.
How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics! - 40 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Lyrics For Your Songs
Price: $6.49 USD. Words: 38,510. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instruction and Study - Songwriting, Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
This book looks at the essential lyrical elements found in the structure of all hit songs. It highlights the most common mistakes made when these key components are built into a song, and offers expert advice on how new writers can avoid such errors in their own lyrics. It will help aspiring writers to eradicate weaknesses in their lyrics so they can achieve the success they’re striving for.
Gilbert's Gift
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,020. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
What would YOU give to save the life of a stranger’s child? That’s the emotive question posed by this heartwarming novel by Brian Will Oliver which was inspired by real events. With echoes of Nicholas Sparks, GILBERT'S GIFT is a moving tale of selfless courage, a quest for forgiveness, and a Swinging Sixties first love, lost and found again.
“How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! - 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success”
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 43,370. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instruction and Study - Songwriting
This book looks at the essential elements found in the structure, melodies and lyrics of all hit songs. It highlights the most common mistakes made when these key components are built into a song, so that new songwriters can try to avoid such errors in their own songs. It will help aspiring writers to eradicate weaknesses in their songwriting so they can achieve the success they’re seeking.

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