What can I begin to say about Tom Lehrer? he is a modern American satirist whose talent is comparable to such notables such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ambrose Bierce, in my opinion. Lehrer's musical career was very brief, having performed only 109 shows, and written only 37 songs. His work is still popular today, some forty years after he gave up his musical career and decided to concentrate on teaching. His work reflects the era in which it was written, but is still relevant today.
I still have my well worn copy of "An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer" that I used to listen to over and over again when I was in high school, even though by the time I bought it used at a garage sale, Lehrer had already quit the business and gone back to teaching years before. This article
is far better than anything I could write about the comedian. This website
has collection of lyrics with MIDI accompaniments, footnotes, links, and images. You can find a brief biography of Lehrer on Wikipedia
. Lehrer's official website can be found here
. A list accolades about Lehrer can be found at this website about "The Physical Revue,"
a show that he wrote and performed while he was in college.
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