New PDF release: Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

By John Szwed

ISBN-10: 1101190345

ISBN-13: 9781101190340

The impressive existence and occasions of the fellow who popularized American people track and created the technological know-how of music

Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, expertise scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, live performance and checklist manufacturer, Alan Lomax is better remembered because the guy who brought people tune to the loads. Lomax begun his occupation making box recordings of rural song for the Library of Congress and via the past due Thirties introduced his discoveries to radio, together with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. via the Forties he was once generating live shows that introduced white and black performers jointly, and within the Nineteen Fifties he got down to list the full international.

Lomax used to be additionally a arguable determine. while he labored for the U. S. executive he was once tracked by means of the FBI, and whilst he labored in Britain, MI5 persevered the surveillance. In his final years he grew to become to electronic media and constructed know-how that expected today's breakthroughs. that includes a solid of characters together with Eleanor Roosevelt, Leadbelly, Carl Sandburg, Carl Sagan, Jelly Roll Morton, Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan, Szwed's interesting biography memorably captures Lomax and offers a definitive account of an period as visible in the course of the lifetime of one impressive guy.

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