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Tom Lehrer on plagiarism (in song)

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Tom Lehrer will never be underappreciated so long as I am around.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 July 2016 at 7:21 pm

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  1. Tom Lehrer stopped writing music for a few reasons. 1, he wanted to retire at the top of his game, rather than hanging on until he was stale, and 2, it stopped being funny.

    Tom Lehrer says he stopped writing music like this because, “Today,” he said in 2002, “everything just makes me angry, it’s not funny anymore. Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.” He adds, “And people don’t know anything now. They’re all kids and they’ve never read a book. Who would get a Schopenhauer reference? What passes for satire is just easy targets. Irreverence has been subsumed by mere grossness.”

    vmarks

    20 July 2016 at 11:09 am


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