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  Alan Lomax and Ethnomusicology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Alan Lomax is a pioneer in the field of ethnomusicology.
Alan Lomax may not have known back in the early part of this century, that his immersion into other cultures like Africa, the Caribbean, and Italy was going to lead to an entire new scholarly field: ethnomusicology.
Alan Lomax was born in 1915, in Austin, Texas, and began is career in the 1930's assisting his father, John Lomax, in collecting recordings for the Library of Congress.
www.insideworldmusic.com /library/bl1014.htm   (303 words)

  
 Alan Lomax
Alan Lomax (1915-2002) was a United States folklorist and musicologist specializing in the music of the USA and that of other nations which influenced American music.
Lomax was son of pioneering musicologist and folklorist John Lomax[?], with whom he started his career.
Lomax was educated at Harvard University, and then worked on the oral history project for the Library of Congress.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/al/Alan_Lomax.html   (104 words)

  
 Allan Lomax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Alan Lomax recorded hours of interviews with the New Orleans jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton in the 1930's, an early oral-history project that resulted in both a classic 12-volume set of recordings and a 1950 book, "Mister Jelly Roll," which remains one of the most influential works on early jazz.
Lomax was born in Austin, Tex., in 1915.
Lomax was displeased by the advent of folk-rock in the mid-1960's, considering it inauthentic.
users2.ev1.net /~smyth/linernotes/personel/LomaxAllan.htm   (2695 words)

  
 Alan Lomax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was an important American folklorist and musicologist.
Lomax was son of pioneering musicologist and folklorist John Lomax, with whom he started his career by recording songs sung by prisoners in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Lomax: the songhunter from P.O.V. August 22, 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alan_Lomax   (672 words)

  
 Alan Lomax - Music Downloads - Online
The son of noted folklorist John A. Lomax, the nation's preeminent collector of cowboy songs, he was born January 15, 1915 in Austin, Texas; from childhood on he followed in his father's footsteps, assisting in song-gathering missions whenever possible.
In 1950, Lomax relocated to England, where he remained for much of the decade; there he documented the traditional music of the British Isles, with his recordings becoming the basis of the ten-disc 1961 series Folksongs of Great Britain.
Alan Lomax continued his work lecturing, writing, and working with the Association for Cultural Equity until his death at the age of 87 on the morning of July 19, 2002.
musicstore.connect.com /artist/882/Alan-Lomax/30023435.html   (586 words)

  
 Cosmik Debris Magazine Presents: Alan Lomax 1915-2002
Huddie Leadbetter was released, and the recordings Alan Lomax made of the man best known as Leadbelly went around the world and inspired a young Brit named Lonnie Donegan, whose music, dubbed "skiffle," inspired a generation of his countrymen to pick up guitars and do it themselves.
Lomax, who by then was the host of a program on the CBS radio network, arranged for the first broadcast of Woody Guthrie, which was one of the keys to convincing the Dust Bowl balladeer that there might be a living of sorts to be squeezed out of his songs.
Though failing health curtailed his activities in his very last years, Alan Lomax had almost seven decades of productive activity in pursuit of his life's mission in his 87 years, and the evidence of his success is present in almost every song you've ever heard.
www.cosmik.com /aa-august02/lomax.html   (737 words)

  
 Alan Lomax: Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Alan was proudest of his driving — his thousands of miles and days down nameless roads seeking out the jewels of the human spirit.
Among Alan’s earliest collaborators and lifelong friends were Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, Jerome Wiesner, Nicholas Ray, Charles and Ruth Seeger, Henry and Sidney Cowell, Román and Svatya Jacobson, John Henry Faulk, Margaret Mead, and Edmund Carpenter.
Lomax tried many avenues to realize his vision of cultural equity, the idea that the expressive traditions of all local and ethnic cultures should be equally valued as representative of the multiple forms of human adaptation on earth.
www.culturalequity.org /alanlomax/index.html   (742 words)

  
 Alan Lomax Database
In 1946 Alan Lomax invited the prolific ballad singer Texas Gladden, of Saltville, Virginia, and her brother, multi-instrumentalist Hobart Smith, to perform with Andrew Rowan Summers and Jean Ritchie at Columbia University's McMillan Theater as part of a festival held by the university.
The elder Lomax recorded her again in 1940, describing her as having "the loveliest voice I had ever recorded." Alan Lomax used the oral histories of Vera Hall and Dock Reed as the basis of The Rainbow Sign (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1959), a study of African-American spirituality.
Alan Lomax, who held Broonzy in high esteem, as did many of his colleagues, spent time with him in Chicago and recorded him at the Decca studios in New York in 1946.
www.lomaxarchive.com /collections-audio.jsp   (3908 words)

  
 Alan Lomax Collection (The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
The Alan Lomax Collection joins the material Alan Lomax collected during the 1930s and early 1940s for the Library's Archive of American Folk Song, and its acquisition brings the entire seventy years of Alan Lomax's work together under one roof at the Library of Congress, where it has found a permanent home.
Alan Lomax believed that folklore and expressive culture are essential to human continuity and adaptation, and his lifelong goal was to create a public platform for their continued use and enjoyment as well as a scientific framework for their further understanding.
Alan's father, John Avery Lomax, began a ten-year relationship with the Library in June 1933, when he set out with Alan, then eighteen, on their first folksong gathering expedition under the Library's auspices.
www.loc.gov /folklife/lomax   (883 words)

  
 Alan Lomax Collection
The image of Alan Lomax, a flamboyant visionary with a car trunk full of recording equipment, traveling down red clay roads and burrowing through prickly cotton fields in pursuit of America’s deepest musical roots, is ripe cinematic material that in the age of celebrity, is surprisingly authentic.
Lomax’s passion was evident in his relentless pursuit and the impact he made on the musicians themselves.
Alan and John Lomax saw in this system of hard labor and limited contact a possible source for a musical heritage unaffected by outside popular tastes, something closer to the music of Africa as it had existed in the Americas through slavery and into the 20th century.
www.rootsworld.com /rw/feature/lomax2.html   (1053 words)

  
 Southern Mosaic: John Avery Lomax (1867-1948)
Lomax made an arrangement with the Library whereby it would provide recording equipment (including recording blanks), in exchange for which he would travel the country recording songs to be added to the Archive.
Lomax's involvement with the WPA brought him into contact with writers in the field, who in turn introduced him to a wider array of performers for his own song research.
As Lomax continued his work, his field expeditions reflected his broadening scope of interest, as can be seen in the wide variety of genres recorded during the 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition.
memory.loc.gov /ammem/lohtml/lojohnbio.html   (1631 words)

  
 Rounder Records proudly presents the Alan Lomax Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
From the summer of 1954 to January 1955 Alan Lomax and ethnomusicologist Diego Carpitella undertook a period of intensive fieldwork in Italy.
Historic 1954 recordings from Alan Lomax's journey to Liguria's western Riviera, featuring performances by the Compagnia Sacco from the village of Ceriana: a unique and splendid vocal polyphony distinct from, and yet as exciting as, the Genoese trallalero.
Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella's historic 1954 recordings from Lombardy run the gamut of folk styles and traditions - from jovial wedding and carnival songs to characteristic Italian choral renderings of classic Child Ballads, the enchanting calls of songbird hunters, and a panpipe orchestra playing marches, waltzes, and the overture to Verdi's Rigoletto.
www.rounder.com /series/lomax_alan/italian.html   (907 words)

  
 Alan Lomax 1915-2002
Alan was a boy from Austin, Texas, who became the man who was more driven than anyone else I know for the world to understand and honor its own music.
In the elevator, we met Alan's sister Bess Lomax Hawes, who was director of the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, which meant she was supposed to be at that plenary session too.
Alan was sitting on one, talking on the phone, and all his stuff was on the other.
www.buffaloreport.com /020726lomax.html   (2368 words)

  
 Alan Lomax Archive Now Online
The Alan Lomax Archive has announced the culmination of its seven-year effort to preserve and disseminate the work of one of the 20th-century’s foremost folklorists and musicologists, Alan Lomax.
Alan Lomax was an ardent believer in a principle he called cultural equity, the need for all cultures to be equally represented in the media and in the classroom.
The Alan Lomax Database, www.lomaxarchive.com, will also ultimately include some of the older collections of audio recordings made by Lomax on behalf of the Library of Congress, which have been transferred and remastered using cutting-edge technology.
mixonline.com /mixline/alan-lomax-archive   (319 words)

  
 World Music Legends Alan Lomax World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music
When Alan Lomax died at age 87 in 2002, he left behind a musical legacy most people can only dream about, even if he made none of the music himself.
Lomax’s was the first recorded survey of the entire country, and still stands as definitive.
Lomax was always very well aware of the possibilities of technology, and the use he could make of them; it was, in many ways, his stock in trade.
www.globalrhythm.net /WorldMusicLegends/AlanLomax.cfm   (689 words)

  
 Alan Lomax and Finnish Americans
Meanwhile Alan Lomax's involvement with the left wing People's Songs and the 1948 Progressive Party presidential campaign of Henry Wallace resulted in his inclusion in Red Channels (1950), the handbook of conservative witch-hunters bent on purging "un-American" Americans from the nation's media (Filene 2000:161-163).
As a southerner and westerner of Anglo-American heritage, Alan Lomax was fascinated by Anglo-American music, by southern music (including the musical traditions of African Americans, Cajuns, Caribbeans, and Spanish-speaking peoples), by the fusions of all these elements in the Americas, and by the connections between American traditions and their old world hearths.
No wonder Alan Lomax's 1938 northern sojourn remains fieldwork forgotten, except by a few like myself who, despite complaints about its neglect, are nonetheless-given all the obstacles-astonished and profoundly grateful that it happened at all.
www.kantele.com /nwfwebsite/lomax_leary/lomax_leary.html   (1407 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Collection Sampler: Music: Alan Lomax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A towering figure in folk and world music, Alan Lomax is best known for collecting the sounds of everyday people singing the songs of their native lands.
If you've never heard of Alan Lomax, this CD is a great place to start, with bits and pieces of several collections of his field recordings.
Alan Lomax was a musicologist who recorded and collected indigenous music from regions all over the United States.I have several other c.d.s from the collection and they are all wonderful.
www.amazon.ca /Collection-Sampler-Alan-Lomax/dp/B0000002UH   (622 words)

  
 Library Acquires Alan Lomax Collection
Lomax believed that folklore and expressive culture are essential to human continuity and adaptation, and his lifelong goal was to create a public platform for their continued use and enjoyment as well as a scientific framework for their further understanding.
Alan's father, John Avery Lomax, began a 10-year relationship with the Library in June 1933, when he set out with Alan, then 18, on their first folksong gathering expedition under the Library's auspices.
Alan Lomax became the archive's "assistant in charge" in 1937, and he continued to make field trips and supply recordings to the Archive of American Folk Song until 1942.
www.loc.gov /today/pr/2004/04-047.html   (1029 words)

  
 NPR : Library of Congress Unites Work of Alan Lomax
Lomax's relationship with the library started in 1933 when he was 18 years old.
Lomax left the Library in 1942, resigning his position as head of the Archive of American Folk Song to turn his attention and microphones to folk cultures in the Caribbean and Europe.
Lomax said the driving force behind his lifetime of collecting was a philosophy that folklore, music and stories are windows into the human condition.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=1788825   (397 words)

  
 www.myspace.com/alanlomax0
Musicologist Alan Lomax was born in Austin, Texas in 1915.
In 1983 Alan Lomax founded the Association for Cultural Equity as an umbrella for both his research and the folk performance traditions he had recorded and compiled into books, albums, and films.
Alan Lomax was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1986, an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Tulane in 2001, and a Grammy in 2002 for his life-long contributions to music.
www.myspace.com /alanlomax0   (854 words)

  
 Alan Lomax's 'Southern Journey'
This are just the initial phases of Rounder's ambitious plan to reissue the bulk of Lomax's lifetime archive, a project expected to produce 100 CDs ranging from the American South to Spain to the Caribbean, from Christmas music to blues.
I say "the set" rather than Lomax (or the set's compilers) since even though his name is prominent, the set's emphasis isn't on his shaping process.
Whether Lomax was aware of his mythologizing tendencies is to a large degree irrelevant.
www.furious.com /perfect/lomax.html   (1130 words)

  
 Goethe-Institut Delicatessen - Alan Lomax - The Songhunter - Content
Music from Alan Lomax's archive was able to reach a broad public through numerous films, the most recent being "Mission Impossible" and "O Brother Where Art Thou?".
Kappers filmed interviews with colleagues, relatives and friends of Alan Lomax, and added footage he located, along with images and sound recordings to produce a film that portrays his protagonists and the performances of traditional music.
Alan Lomax - The Songhunter is both an atmospheric road movie on the trail of a passionate music hunter, and a fascinating journey to the almost forgotten roots of traditional folk music.
www.goethe.de /ins/pt/lis/prj/del/flm/faf/als/inh/enindex.htm   (372 words)

  
 ALAN LOMAX, 1915-2002
Lomax, who began recording with his father, John Avery Lomax, in the early '30s, assisted in the first recordings of blues legend Leadbelly.
Lomax's overwhelming body of work came to include music from Europe and the Caribbean, as well as regional folk music from the United States.
Alan Lomax will be remembered through the magnificent music he captured and the important lessons he taught Americans about their own culture.
mixonline.com /mag/audio_alan_lomax/index.html   (268 words)

  
 LeisureSuit.net Media, LLC: RIP Alan Lomax, 1915-2002
Alan made the first recordings of Muddy Waters and allegedly stiffed the bluesman out of the twenty bucks he’d promised for the records.
The Lomax model of venerable-folk-musician-as-domestic-help was continued when Alan travelled to Great Britain, where he recorded the astringent keening and banjo playing of Margaret Barry, whom he also employed as a housekeeper.
Lomax was a curious figure, often mocked by those who followed him into the folk fray.
leisuresuit.net /content/alan_lomax.shtml   (607 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Land Where the Blues Began, The: Books: Alan Lomax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Lomax has a terrible weakness for lyrical language, but he just doesn't have the chops as a writer; his story is so good he should have been as plain in the telling as possible.
Lomax also discounts the point of view of his colleagues from Fisk by claiming educated African Americans don't appreciate the importance of the folk culture that he, Alan Lomax, understands.
Lomax really does not inform the reader that John Work--whom he terms a "composer"--had done extensive research as part of this study and for years before this trip with some of the individuals.
www.amazon.com /Land-Where-Blues-Began-Lomax/dp/0679404244   (3522 words)

  
 ISAM Newsletter: Alan Lomax: Citizen Activist
Alan Lomax’s death in July 2002 marked the end of an illustrious seven-decade career that generated immense praise as well as occasional notes of discord.
Folk song collectors like Alan Lomax greatly enriched American music—if not musicians.” Lomax was indeed a fascinating provocateur, a highly influential and sometimes controversial cultural broker whose lifelong commitment to the wedding of people’s music and political activism has yet to be fully understood and appreciated by scholars and pundits.
Lomax always stressed his radio work and publishing—his role as a musical interpreter, moderator, and promoter for a wider, general public—while his legacy as a field collector has dominated his popular biography.
depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu /isam/cohen1.html   (2262 words)

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