Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax was an American ethnomusicologist, best known for his extensive field recordings of folk music. Born on January 31, 1915, he was also a writer, archivist, and advocate for traditional music, who spent much of his career collecting and preserving music from various cultures. His work played a significant role in the folk music revival of the mid-20th century and has had a lasting impact on the understanding and appreciation of folk music traditions.


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  1. 1. The Land Where the Blues Began

    This book explores the origins and cultural significance of blues music in the Mississippi Delta. It provides a detailed account of the author's experiences in the 1930s and 1940s, when he traveled through the region, recording interviews and music from local blues musicians. The book vividly portrays the harsh living conditions and systemic racism that influenced the development of blues music, and celebrates the resilience and creativity of the African American musicians who created this influential music genre.