Brand, Oscar

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BRAND, Oscar

BRAND, Oscar. American (born Canada), b. 1920. Genres: Children's fiction, Plays/Screenplays, Songs/Lyrics and libretti, Adult non-fiction, Communications/Media, Music, Documentaries/Reportage. Career: Freelance writer, composer and folk-singer. President, Harlequin Productions, and Gypsy Hill Music; Lecturer on Dramatic Writing, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Coordinator of Folk Music, WNYC; host of television folksong progs.; Curator, Songwriters Hall of Fame, NYC. Publications: Courting Songs, 1952: Folksongs for Fun, 1957; The Ballad Mongers (autobiography), 1957; Bawdy Songs, 1958; (ed) Words about Music, 1969-; Songs of '76 (music history), 1972; When I First Came to This Land (children), 1974; Party Songs, 1985; Bunyan & the Termites, 1996; The High Road, 1998; The Gender Gap, 1999. AUTHOR & COMPOSER: The Gold Rush (ballet), 1961; In White American (play), 1962; A Joyful Noise (musical play), 1966; The Education of Hyman Kaplan (musical play), 1967; Celebrate (religious songs), 1968; How to Steal an Election (musical play), 1969, rev. ed., 2000; Thunder Rock (musical play), 1974. Address: Gypsy Hill Music, Box 1362, Manhasset, NY 11030, U.S.A. Online address: [email protected];