Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997

Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people tune circles. even though he released many books, 1000's of recordings and dozens of movies, his contributions to renowned and educational journals have by no means been amassed. This choice of writings, brought by means of Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax files in big apple, this e-book brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it truly is divided into 4 sections, each one taking pictures a special interval within the improvement of Lomax's existence and occupation: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 whilst Lomax was once recording thorughout Europe; the people tune revival years; and at last his paintings in academia.

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