Monday, May 16, 2005

Dan Brown Inc. cont'd

What's with the claim by Dan Brown that he wrote a song Peace in our Time and it was performed at the 1996 Olympics? It's clear that he didn't despite the number of times it's been published. Why? Bad PR or a history of deception? Album from 1996 no such song. 1988 by Jennifer Holliday. Hmm.

From John Braheny's "The Craft and Business of Songwriting."
"A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Amherst College, D.B. is a member of MENSA, an internationally published novelist, and the composer/producer of four CDs of original music. His single 'Peace in Our Time' was recently performed at the Atlanta Olympics. Dan's live performances..." etc.
I don't think so. Why is this?

From a 1998 Boston Globe story:
Brown was a pianist and creative writer who graduated from Amherst College and moved to Los Angeles to seek his fortune as a musician and songwriter. He produced four CDs. One of his songs,``Peace in Our Time,'' was used in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Inspired by the strange people he saw in Los Angeles, Brown got the idea for a joke book about men to avoid. In 1990, his music agent, Blythe, who is now his wife, sent Brown's manuscript for ``187 Men to Avoid'' to a literary agent, who said he wanted to represent Brown for a deal with Putnam Publishers.
What's going on here?


Anonymous Keith said...

Why do you think it wasn't used?

My old band had a track used in the queen's coronation "Golden Jubilee" in London a few years ago. They use all kinds of stuff for those things.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Well there's no copyright for it, nor a record of it in the program for the opening. One was used in 1988.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

Brown has many copyrights on record for the vanity labels he paid to produce his CDs ... but no copyrights on a song of that title.

He stole the idea to build his own ego.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Sailmariner said...

I think I am one of the few people who have listened to the 1995 CD, Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown, and I can verify that the song Peace In Our Time, is the last cut. It calls upon the "kings and queens who rule the nations" to bring hope, truth and faith, and give us "peace in our time."

1:27 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

It's not listed as being on there on the copy I saw. We'll check on that claim sailmariner.

4:28 PM  

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