Download e-book for iPad: Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed

By John Szwed

ISBN-10: 1101190345

ISBN-13: 9781101190340

The impressive lifestyles and instances of the guy who popularized American folks track and created the technological know-how of track

Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, expertise scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, live performance and checklist manufacturer, Alan Lomax is healthier remembered because the guy who brought folks track to the hundreds. Lomax begun his occupation making box recordings of rural tune for the Library of Congress and via the overdue Nineteen Thirties introduced his discoveries to radio, together with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. by means of the Forties he used to be generating live shows that introduced white and black performers jointly, and within the Nineteen Fifties he got down to list the entire international.

Lomax was once additionally a arguable determine. whilst he labored for the U. S. govt he was once tracked by way of the FBI, and while he labored in Britain, MI5 endured the surveillance. In his final years he grew to become to electronic media and constructed expertise 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 during the lifetime of one impressive guy.

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