Saturday, May 14, 2005

No Affidavits: Too Many Indiscretions in the Closet?

I previously mentioned the "It Isn't Easy to be Dan Brown" thread on Lee Goldberg's Writer's Life blog, but it -- and other data that is coming in from various sources can offer us some perspective on Dan Brown's statements and why there is no affidavit from him. Or Jason Kaufman. Or Blythe Brown.

There is, of course, Dan Brown's often repeated statement that he wrote a song called "Peace in Our Time" that was played in the 1996 Olympics?

His repeated statement can be found here:

Boston Globe

Dan Brown's web site

Author listing

Melbourne Post

But Brown's statement is at odds with the following record obtained from The U.S. Copyright Office?

18. Registration Number PA-454-455
Title Peace in our time / A. Hill, P. Sinfield.
Note Performed by aJennifer Holiday.
In 1988 Summer Olympics album/One moment in time. 1 compact disc
Claimant Virgin Music (Pubs), Ltd.
Created 1988
Published 26Sep88
Registered 1May89
Author on © Application words & music aPete Sinfield & aAndy Hill.
Miscellaneous C.O. corres.
Special Codes 3/M/L

To verify the information, you, dear blog reader, can go here: http://www.copyright.gov/records/cohm.html

Then search for Peace in our time (use the music option. No need to use "")

Next check the box for Peace in our time, click the radio button for "full record display" then hit submit.

Scroll down to #18 to see the listing above.

THEN, use your browser's "search in this page" function to look for "brown" as you load each of the three pages of listings.

Then ask yourself: how is it that there's not a song by Dan Brown listed here?

The other question would be how songwriters Pete Sinfield & Andy Hill feel about having their song misappropriated.

8 Comments:

Blogger Vanessa said...

Regarding the song "Peace in our Time":

This is what is shown in the 2 first links (Boston Globe & Dan Brown's web site). The other 2 links gave errors.

"It was his own brand of pop, real accessible mainstream," says Los Angeles music producer Barry Fasman, who worked with Brown. One of his songs, "Peace in Our Time," was performed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Both links give the same quote by a Barry Fasman. So now we have to validate his statement. It doesn't seem to be Dan Brown's statement. Perhaps it's a mis-quote?

Maybe the other links had other quotes?

Monday, May 16, 2005 9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

That's not in the quote and NOT attributed to Fasman.

Monday, May 16, 2005 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

A source tells me: "It came from an entry in John Braheny's "The Craft and Business of Songwriting."

Monday, May 16, 2005 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

Brown has consistently claimed to have written that song for the olympics.

Monday, May 16, 2005 2:36:00 PM  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

I also wonder why Bertelsmann, the parent company of Random House took this page off its site?

Hmmm, wonder if they thought it was too hot to handle.

Yes, I have an extensive archive of pages like this so that they can run from the truth, but they can't hide from the past.

Monday, May 16, 2005 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

What about the actual song played at the Olympics? Records of it?

Monday, May 16, 2005 4:22:00 PM  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

The song played at the 1988 Olympics -- the real song, not DBrown's plagiarized fabrication -- is available at Amazon as part of an album.

Monday, May 16, 2005 4:47:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I saw that one in a search.

Monday, May 16, 2005 6:41:00 PM  

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