By John Szwed
The striking lifestyles and occasions of the guy who popularized American folks track and created the technological know-how of tune
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 folks tune to the hundreds. Lomax started his profession making box recordings of rural tune for the Library of Congress and by means of the past due Thirties introduced his discoveries to radio, together with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. through the Nineteen Forties he was once generating concert events that introduced white and black performers jointly, and within the Fifties he got down to list the complete international.
Lomax was once additionally a debatable determine. while he labored for the U. S. govt he was once tracked through the FBI, and whilst he labored in Britain, MI5 persevered the surveillance. In his final years he became to electronic media and built know-how that expected today's breakthroughs. that includes a forged 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 obvious during the lifetime of one remarkable guy.
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