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Oscar Brand

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  • Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Years Active: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Oscar Brand is one of the stalwart American folksingers, writers, and interpreters. Over the course of his 60-some-year career he has released 93 albums. He roamed the country with Woody Guthrie, concertized with Leadbelly, promoted folk of all kinds like Pete Seeger, and has hosted the Folksong Festival program on New York's WNYC for over 60 years. Many of his recordings contain parodies on single subjects such as holidays, car songs, or political satire. He is well known for his many collections of bawdy songs. Generally the recording style is simple; Brand and his guitar and a few backup players. Brand's records are totally directed toward the songs.

eMusic Features

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The Politic Melodic: A Campaign Song History

By Yancey Strickler, Contributor

In ways that grow more important by the day, the 1972 presidential contest between incumbent Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat George McGovern has dictated the tone, style and execution of every election since. It birthed the modern-day primary format; it defined and honed the press 'approach to all political coverage; it featured the most effective use of the presidency itself as a campaign asset; and, finally, even in defeat, McGovern's campaign dramatically shifted every campaign's… more »