By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen
Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people song circles. even if he released many books, enormous quantities of recordings and dozens of movies, his contributions to renowned and educational journals have by no means been accumulated. This choice of writings, brought by way of Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax information in ny, this booklet brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it really is divided into 4 sections, every one shooting a special interval within the improvement of Lomax's lifestyles and profession: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 while Lomax used to be recording thorughout Europe; the folks song revival years; and eventually his paintings in academia.
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