Dan Bern

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Dan Bern (born Bernstein, a name which he sometimes performs under) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and painter. His music is often compared to that of Bob Dylan or Woody Guthrie, although it is also, more distantly, influenced by more modern rock musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana. (His song "Talkin' Woody, Bob, Bruce, and Dan Blues," from the album Smartie Mine, offers a joking take on this influence, presented in the style of a Guthrie or Dylan talking blues song, and containing a spoof of a Springsteen song as well.) Bernstein has also toured with Ani DiFranco. He is known for sardonic, literary lyrics, a range of musical styles, and a folk music style paired with rock instrumentation. He also wrote the novel Quitting Science (2004) under the pen name Carmela Houndstooth and wrote the preface under his own name.

During the 2004 US presidential election campaign, Bern's work became more explicitly political, with songs such as "Bush Must Be Defeated".

Discography

  • Anthems (EP) (2004)
  • My Country II (EP) (2004)
  • Fleeting Days (2003)
  • The Swastika EP (2002)
  • World Cup (EP) (2002)
  • New American Language (2001)
  • Smartie Mine (1998)
  • Fifty Eggs (1998)
  • Dan Bern (1997)
  • Dog Boy Van (1996)

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