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Paul Zollo is an author, journalist, songwriter and photographer. Presently he is the Senior Editor of American Songwriter magazine, and Chief Editor and Photographer for Bluerailroad.
A native of Chicago, he’s the author of several books, including Songwriters On Songwriting, Expanded Edition (which has been called “the songwriter’s bible” and features in-depth interviews with more than sixty of the world’s greatest songwriters, including Frank Zappa, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman), its sequel, More Songwriters On Songwriting, as well as Conversations with Tom Petty (featuring a full year of discussions between Petty & Zollo), The Schirmer Rhyming Dictionary, Hollywood Remembered (an oral and narrative history of Hollywood), The Beginning Songwriter’s Answer Book (a manual on the art and craft of songwriting), and Sunset & Cahuenga, a novel. He’s currently working on books with Matisyahu, and the legendary photographer Henry Diltz.
The recipient of the NAS John Bettis Fellowship Award for service in the songwriting community, Zollo is former editor of SongTalk magazine, and Managing Editor of Performing Songwriter. He has written for numerous publications, including Variety, Billboard, Oxford American, Sing Out!, Grammy Magazine, Playback, Boulevard, Acoustic Guitar and others.
The lead singer-songwriter for the LA band The Ghosters for many years, he released one self-titled album with the band, and two solo albums: Orange Avenue (2000), (which features his famous duet with Art Garfunkel on the song “Being In This World”) and Universal Cure (2014), which has a duet with Terre Roche of the Roches called “Maggie.”
As a songwriter he’s collaborated with many great writers, including the late Steve Allen, as well as Dan Bern, Severin Browne, Bob Malone, James Coberly Smith and others. With Darryl Purpose, he’s written many songs, including all included on Darryl’s most recent album, Still The Birds.
As a photographer, Zollo has photographed many musicians and performers, such as Aimee Mann, Peter Case and Leiber & Stoller, and his photos have been displayed in galleries in L.A. and published in American Songwriter and elsewhere. He is presently at work completing his first book of photos, Angeleno.
He produced and hosted events for the Aspen Writer’s Foundation’s Lyrically Speaking Program, and hosts many songwriter tributes such as the annual Bobfest in L.A.