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GUEST,Murray on Salt Spring Oscar Brand 60 Years on Radio (22) RE: Oscar Brand 60 Years on Radio 19 Dec 05


OB is due all the respect he deserves from a fellow-Canadian. But I keep remembering that he has consistently changed the words of songs without indicating what he's done - which to my mind is less than scholarly. He changes tunes too, e.g. singing "Muirland Meg" to "Roll Your Leg Over". He brought out "Songs of '76: A Folksinger's History of theRevolution", whose cover tells us that he "collected these songs from old manuscripts, old newspapers, and from hundreds of accounts of the Revolution"... which sounds marvellous. But there's a note: "New music and edited text copyright 1972 by Oscar Brand", which as I said when I reviewed this at the time "is to my jaundiced eye a piece of arrogance that makes nonsense of any pretensions to scholarship and/or accuracy."


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