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Alan Lomax: Selected Writings 1934-1997 with CDROM

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In the annals of American music, Alan Lomax stands as one of this century's greatest folk music scholars, field workers, and promoters. The son of legendary folk-song collector John Lomax, he made his first field trip in 1934 when the two discovered the legendary singer Lead Belly in a Louisiana prison farm. Through the '30s and '40s, Lomax was a tireless promoter and recorder of folk music, working at the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song. Among his discoveries were Woody Guthrie; he also oversaw the last recordings of legendary jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton. Lomax spent the '50s in Europe, recording material that led to the first great anthology of world music on record. From the '60s on, Lomax turned his attention to academic folklore, developing important theories of the relation of music and dance around the world.

Although Lomax published many books through his career, as well as hundreds of recordings and dozens of films, his contributions to journals, both popular and academic, have never been collected. This book brings together articles from the '30s onwards. It is divided into 5 sections: Lomax's original years as a collector and promoter; the period from 1950-58 when Lomax was recording throughout Europe; the folk music revival years; his work in academia; and his last writings from the early '90s. This collection should appeal strongly to fans of folk, blues, and traditional music, as well as students and scholars of ethnomusicology.

Review:

"Without Alan Lomax there would have been no blues revival, no R&B explosion, no Beatles and no Rolling Stones and no Velvet Underground." Brian Eno

Review:

"Selected Writings celebrates Lomax's contributions as a writer, scholar and radio announcer...and help[s] us understand why his musical legacy is a defining part of the American experience." Bookforum

Review:

"Most collectors dig up dead bones only to bury them in another, their libraries. But Alan Lomax succeeded in spreading the idea that a people could be proud of their old songs, and could continue these old traditions in spite of new times, new temptations, new terrors." Pete Seeger

Review:

"For over sixty years Alan Lomax devoted his life and scholarship to traditional music and the musicians who carried the legacy. From his early articles in the 1930s, on to his last writings in the 1990s, Lomax introduced American audiences to a world of creative musical excellence, virtually ignored by and invisible to the major media. With an uncanny knack for recognizing artistic excellence and an unflagging energy and determination, Alan Lomax discovered and documented some of the most important traditional folk musicians in our nation." Peggy A. Bulger, Director, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Review:

"Alan Lomax is the most adventurous and exciting musicologist we have ever had. He almost single-handedly, after working with his father, captured the songs of African-Americans and country people, the have nots...with his burning social conscience and curiosity of original American music...He was a true American original, with his air of wonder, always open to surprises." Studs Terkel

Synopsis:

Alan Lomax is a legendary figure in American folk music circles. Although he published many books, hundreds of recordings and dozens of films, his contributions to popular and academic journals have never been collected. This collection of writings, introduced by Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces these essential writings. Drawing on the Lomax Archives in New York, this book brings together articles from the 30s onwards. It is divided into four sections, each capturing a distinct period in the development of Lomax's life and career: the original years as a collector and promoter; the period from 1950-58 when Lomax was recording thorughout Europe; the folk music revival years; and finally his work in academia.

Synopsis:

"Alan Lomax bibliography": p. 345-347.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of Contents

General Introduction by Ronald D. Cohen
I. 1934-1950: The Early Collecting Years Introduction by Ed Kahn
1 "Sinful" Songs of the Southern Negro
2 Haitian Journey
3 Music In Your Own Back Yard
4 Songs of the American Folk
5 Our Singing Country
6 14 Traditional Spanish Songs From Texas
7 Reels and Work Songs
8 Mister Ledford and the TVA
9 America Sings the Saga of America
10 Folk Music in the Roosevelt Era
II. The 1950s: World Music Introduction by Andy Kaye and Matt Barton Tribal Voices in Many Tongues
12 Making Folklore Available
13 Galacian Music
14 Italian Folk Music
15 The Folk Song of Italy
16 Folk Song Style: Notes on a Systematic Approach to the Study of Folk Song
17 Skiffle: Why Is It So Popular? and Where Is It Going?
19 Folk Song Style
20 Saga of a Folksong Hunter
III. The Folk Revival (1960s) Introduction by Ronald D. Cohen
20 The "Folkniks" - and The Songs They Sing
21 Leadbelly's Songs
22 Bluegrass Background: Folk Music with Overdrive
23 Getting to Know Folk Music
24 Folk Song Traditions are all Around Us
25 The Good and the Beautiful in Folksong
IV. Cantometrics and Cultural Equity: The Academic Years Introduction by Gage Averill
26 Song Structure and Social Structure
27 Choreometrics: A Method for the Study of Cross-Cultural Pattern in Film
28 Appeal for Cultural Equity
29 Cinema, Science, and Cultural Renewal
V. Final Writings Introduction by Matt Barton
30 The Global Jukebox
31 Preface to 1993 edition of Mr. Jelly Roll
32 Sounds of the South
33 Brown Girl in the Ring.
34 Introduction to Katharine D. Newman, Never Without a Song: The Years and Songs of Jennie Devlin, 1865-1952
Complete Bibliography

CD Sampler included

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415938549
Subtitle:
Selected Writings 1934-1997 with CDROM
Editor:
Cohen, Ronald D.
Essay:
Averill, Gage
Editor:
Cohen, Ronald D.
Author:
Lomax, Alan
Essay:
Averill, Gage
Publisher:
Routledge
Location:
New York
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Folk music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Edition Description:
includes CD sampler
Series Volume:
no. 130
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
363
Dimensions:
24 cm. +

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Product details 363 pages Routledge - English 9780415938549 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Without Alan Lomax there would have been no blues revival, no R&B explosion, no Beatles and no Rolling Stones and no Velvet Underground."
"Review" by , "Selected Writings celebrates Lomax's contributions as a writer, scholar and radio announcer...and help[s] us understand why his musical legacy is a defining part of the American experience."
"Review" by , "Most collectors dig up dead bones only to bury them in another, their libraries. But Alan Lomax succeeded in spreading the idea that a people could be proud of their old songs, and could continue these old traditions in spite of new times, new temptations, new terrors."
"Review" by , "For over sixty years Alan Lomax devoted his life and scholarship to traditional music and the musicians who carried the legacy. From his early articles in the 1930s, on to his last writings in the 1990s, Lomax introduced American audiences to a world of creative musical excellence, virtually ignored by and invisible to the major media. With an uncanny knack for recognizing artistic excellence and an unflagging energy and determination, Alan Lomax discovered and documented some of the most important traditional folk musicians in our nation."
"Review" by , "Alan Lomax is the most adventurous and exciting musicologist we have ever had. He almost single-handedly, after working with his father, captured the songs of African-Americans and country people, the have nots...with his burning social conscience and curiosity of original American music...He was a true American original, with his air of wonder, always open to surprises."
"Synopsis" by , Alan Lomax is a legendary figure in American folk music circles. Although he published many books, hundreds of recordings and dozens of films, his contributions to popular and academic journals have never been collected. This collection of writings, introduced by Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces these essential writings. Drawing on the Lomax Archives in New York, this book brings together articles from the 30s onwards. It is divided into four sections, each capturing a distinct period in the development of Lomax's life and career: the original years as a collector and promoter; the period from 1950-58 when Lomax was recording thorughout Europe; the folk music revival years; and finally his work in academia.
"Synopsis" by , "Alan Lomax bibliography": p. 345-347.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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