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American Song-Poem Music Archives (ASPMA)
An opinionated, entertaining and thorough exploration of the song-poem business. Includes an MP3 collection of the best song-poems, real ads and solicitation letters from song-poem companies and an index of song-poem record labels.

Profile of a Dead Song-Poem from
Using real documents from a song-poem submitted by ASPMA (see above) webmaster Phil Milstein, this page illustrates the step-by-step process of getting a song-poem produced - as well as refunded.

Magic Key Productions
This company site of David Fox (a.k.a. Art Kaufman), one of the musicians featured in the film. Includes an article on how to write a "hit" song and info on how to submit work to the company.

Ramsey Kearney Music Service
Site for the "Man Behind The Legend," Ramsey Kearney, one of the musicians featured in the OFF THE CHARTS contains audio clips of song-poems he's co-written, information about his songwriting services and details on how to join his fan club.

Rodd Keith
Created by son Ellery Eskelin, this site dedicated to legendary song-poem musician Rodd Keith includes a collection of photographs, letters, artwork, writings and more.

Ellery Eskelin
Musician, composer and son of the late song-poem writer Rodd Keith, Eskelin's site is dedicated to his jazz music career and includes music reviews, a discography, press photos, sound files and a collection of his writings. Also notable are transcripts and recorded interviews about his father on public radio.

The site of Tom Ardolino's band, NRBQ, offers photos, music clips and band news (Tom Ardolino is a song-poem collector featured in OFF THE CHARTS.)


The American Song-Poem Anthology: Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood and Brush
CD available starting February 11 from Bar-None Records

Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (book and CD)
by Irwin Chusid
The book profiles dozens of prominent and obscure "outsider" musicians, and the CD features songs from artists featured in the book.


Sinclair, Tom. "Voices of America," Entertainment Weekly. February 7, 2003.

Sullivan, Kate. "Vinyl Fetish," L.A. Weekly, February 7-13, 2003.

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