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Tom Lehrer

born: 9 April 1928
country: USA

Born in 1928, Tom Lehrer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Harvard by the age of 18, and a Master’s by 19. Though he has had a distinguished career in academia, it is his satirical songs for which he is best known.

Never afraid to be politically incorrect, his signature blend of black humour with popular song forms earned him a legion of fans around the world in the 1950s and 60s, and up to the present day. Far outlasting their topical subjects, his songs covered (amongst other things) the dangers of nuclear proliferation, climate issues, as well as mocking US foreign policy and racism.

His songs have been described by Time magazine as 'brilliant and coruscating parodies', and (as Lehrer himself used in his album liner notes) by The New York Times as 'not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste'.


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