Aaron Harburg is the great-grandson of Oscar-winning lyricist Yip Harburg who wrote all of the lyrics for the 1939 “Wizard of Oz.” Aaron is the first one in his family since his great-grandfather to pursue a career in the arts. He has over 10 years of video production experience and is presently producing a documentary on his great-grandfather and his collaborator Harold Arlen with director Ryan Jay titled “The Sound of Oz.” Aaron has a passion for music and his family legacy. He has represented his family estate across the country and is the face of the Yip Harburg Foundation.
Yip Harburg was born April 8th 1896 to a poor Jewish immigrant family. In his childhood he befriended the Gershwins and after a disaster in the great depression began pursuing his passion for poetry and lyrics. Already gaining a name for himself with “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” he and Harold Arlen were enlisted to put words and music to a timeless American classic. There are a number of anecdotes about their personalities leading to fascinating stories surrounding the writing of the most famous songs in cinematic history. Aaron Harburg, Yip’s great grandson will be presenting on many of these stories and how they are inspiring him to pursue a documentary to tell them.
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