Biography & Autobiography

The Man Who Recorded the World

A Biography of Alan Lomax

Author: John Szwed

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448107385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 5627

Writer, musicologist, archivist, singer, DJ, filmmaker, record, radio and TV producer, Alan Lomax was a man of many parts. Without him the history of popular music would have been very different. Armed with a tape-recorder and his own near-flawless good taste, Lomax spent years travelling the US, particularly the south, recording its heritage of music and song for posterity, bringing to light the talents of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Leadbelly and Muddy Waters, and crucially influencing generations of musicians from Pete Seeger to the Stones, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan. His influence continues: recordings made by Lomax are the core of the sound-tracks of Oh Brother, Where art Thou? and Gangs of New York, and even featured, remixed, on Moby's Play. John Szwed's biography is the first ever of this remarkable and contradictory man (whom he both knew and worked with for ten years); through it Szwed will tell the story of a musical and political era, as he did so successfully in his previous book on Miles Davis.
Biography & Autobiography

Alan Lomax

The Man Who Recorded the World

Author: John Szwed

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: 9780143120735

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 438

View: 1741

Traces the life of the folk music pioneer, including his work as a field recorder for the Library of Congress, his efforts to produce multicultural concerts, and his role in the careers of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives.
Folklorists

The Man who Recorded the World

A Biography of Alan Lomax

Author: John Szwed

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 009947235X

Category: Folklorists

Page: 438

View: 478

Writer, musicologist, archivist, singer, DJ, filmmaker, record, radio and TV producer, Alan Lomax was a man of many parts. Without him the history of popular music would have been very different. Armed with a tape-recorder and his own near-flawless good taste, Lomax spent years travelling the US, particularly the south, recording its heritage of music and song for posterity, bringing to light the talents of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Leadbelly and Muddy Waters, and crucially influencing generations of musicians from Pete Seeger to the Stones, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan. His influence continues: recordings made by Lomax are the core of the sound-tracks of Oh Brother, Where art Thou? and Gangs of New York, and even featured, remixed, on Moby's Play. John Szwed's biography is the first ever of this remarkable and contradictory man (whom he both knew and worked with for ten years); through it Szwed will tell the story of a musical and political era, as he did so successfully in his previous book on Miles Davis.
Music

Alan Lomax, Assistant in Charge

The Library of Congress Letters, 1935-1945

Author: Ronald D. Cohen

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604738018

Category: Music

Page: 414

View: 5729

Alan Lomax (1915–2002) began working for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress in 1936, first as a special and temporary assistant, then as the permanent Assistant in Charge, starting in June 1937, until he left in late 1942. He recorded such important musicians as Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Aunt Molly Jackson, and Jelly Roll Morton. A reading and examination of his letters from 1935 to 1945 reveal someone who led an extremely complex, fascinating, and creative life, mostly as a public employee. While Lomax is noted for his field recordings, these collected letters, many signed “Alan Lomax, Assistant in Charge,” are a trove of information until now available only at the Library of Congress. They make it clear that Lomax was very interested in the commercial hillbilly, race, and even popular recordings of the 1920s and after. These letters serve as a way of understanding Lomax’s public and private life during some of his most productive and significant years. Lomax was one of the most stimulating and influential cultural workers of the twentieth century. Here he speaks for himself through his voluminous correspondence.
Music

Alan Lomax

Selected Writings, 1934-1997

Author: Alan Lomax,Ronald D. Cohen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415938549

Category: Music

Page: 363

View: 8118

Accompany CD has excerpts from a speech given by Alan Lomax on March 7, 1989, at the New York Public Library plus seven tracks of folk songs recorded by Alan Lomax.
Music

The Land where the Blues Began

Author: Alan Lomax

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780385312851

Category: Music

Page: 539

View: 932

Lomax's account of African American oral traditions provides information on such legendary bluesmen as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Son House
Music

Our Singing Country

Folk Songs and Ballads

Author: Alan Lomax

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486410890

Category: Music

Page: 416

View: 3049

Melodies and words for over 200 authentic folk songs and ballads from all parts of the country -- spirituals, hollers, game songs, lullabies, courting songs, work songs, Cajun airs, breakdowns, many more.
Music

Alan Lomax

Selected Writings, 1934-1997

Author: Ronald Cohen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135949220

Category: Music

Page: 376

View: 7489

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.
Music

Mister Jelly Roll

The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and "inventor of Jazz"

Author: Alan Lomax

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520225305

Category: Music

Page: 344

View: 928

A classic in the field of jazz and African-American studies, this is a collaborative biography, with a strong folkloric element (Jelly Roll having mastered the role of trickster), by two of the greats in American popular music: Alan Lomax and (Ferdinand) Jelly Roll Morton, the great New Orleans musician and originator of jazz.
Music

American Ballads and Folk Songs

Author: Alan Lomax

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486282763

Category: Music

Page: 625

View: 9225

Music and lyrics for over 200 songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Ten Thousand Miles from Home, Shack Bully Holler, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Bad Man Ballad, Jesse James, Down in the Valley, The Bear in the Hill, Shortenin' Bread, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and many more.
Music

American Ballads and Folk Songs

Author: John A. Lomax,Alan Lomax

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048631992X

Category: Music

Page: 672

View: 4324

Music and lyrics for over 200 songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Jesse James, Down in the Valley, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and many more.
History

Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People

Author: Alan Lomax,Pete Seeger

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803244754

Category: History

Page: 372

View: 2293

Twenty-seven years in the making (1940–67), this tapestry of nearly two hundred American popular and protest songs was created by three giants of performance and musical research: Alan Lomax, indefatigable collector and preserver; Woody Guthrie, performer and prolific balladeer; and Pete Seeger, entertainer and educator who has introduced three generations of Americans to their musical heritage. In his afterword, Pete Seeger recounts the long history of collecting and publishing this anthology of Depression-era, union-hopeful, and New Deal melodies. With characteristic modesty, he tells us what’s missing and what’s wrong with the collection. But more important, he tells us what’s right and why it still matters, noting songs that have become famous the world over: “Union Maid,” “Which Side Are You On?,” “Worried Man Blues,” “Midnight Special,” and “Tom Joad.” “Now, at the turn of the century, the millennium, what’s the future of these songs?” he asks. “Music is one of the things that will save us. Future songwriters can learn from the honesty, the courage, the simplicity, and the frankness of these hard-hitting songs. And not just songwriters. We can all learn.” In addition to 123 photographs and 195 songs, this edition features an introductory note by Nora Guthrie, the daughter of Woody Guthrie and overseer of the Woody Guthrie Foundation.
Music

Cantometrics

an approach to the anthropology of music

Author: Alan Lomax

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 276

View: 3105

African Americans

The Rainbow Sign

A Southern Documentary

Author: Alan Lomax

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: African Americans

Page: 209

View: 9659

Biography & Autobiography

America Over the Water

Author: Shirley Collins

Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9780946719662

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

View: 8773

Renowned English folk singer, Shirley Collins, met the famous American musical historian and folklorist, Alan Lomax at a party hosted by Ewan MacColl. In this highly personal and heart-rending account, she describes her year-long stint as Lomax’s assistant and lover, and their diligent work uncovering the traditional music of America’s heartland. The result is a finely woven tapestry of one woman’s journey, both emotional and musical, and her discovery of a world of beauty and dignity, as well as deprivation and prejudice, amongst the folk musicians across the water in America.