Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997
By: Ronald Cohen (editor)Paperback
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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.
Ronald Cohen (volume editor) is professor of History at Indiana University, Northwest (Gary, IN). He is the author of many books, including Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970 (U of Massachusetts Press, 2002). He lives in Gary, Indiana.
General Introduction by Ronald D. Cohen I. 1934-1950: The Early Collecting Years Introduction by Ed Kahn 1 "Sinful" Songs of the Southern Negro 2 Haitian Journey 3 Music In Your Own Back Yard 4 Songs of the American Folk 5 Our Singing Country 6 14 Traditional Spanish Songs From Texas 7 Reels and Work Songs 8 Mister Ledford and the TVA 9 America Sings the Saga of America 10 Folk Music in the Roosevelt Era II. The 1950s: World Music Introduction by Andy Kaye and Matt Barton Tribal Voices in Many Tongues 12 Making Folklore Available 13 Galacian Music 14 Italian Folk Music 15 The Folk Song of Italy 16 Folk Song Style: Notes on a Systematic Approach to the Study of Folk Song 17 Skiffle: Why Is It So Popular? and Where Is It Going? 19 Folk Song Style 20 Saga of a Folksong Hunter III. The Folk Revival (1960s) Introduction by Ronald D. Cohen 20 The "Folkniks"--and The Songs They Sing 21 Leadbelly's Songs 22 Bluegrass Background: Folk Music With Overdrive 23 Getting to Know Folk Music 24 Folk Song Traditions Are All Around Us 25 The Good and the Beautiful in Folksong IV. Cantometrics and Cultural Equity: The Academic Years Introduction by Gage Averill 26 Song Structure and Social Structure 27 Choreometrics: A Method for the Study of Cross-Cultural Pattern in Film 28 Appeal for Cultural Equity 29 Cinema, Science, and Cultural Renewal V. Final Writings Introduction by Matt Barton 30 The Global Jukebox 31 Preface to 1993 edition of Mr. Jelly Roll 32 Sounds of the South 33 Brown Girl in the Ring. 34 Introduction to Katharine D. Newman, Never Without a Song: The Years and Songs of Jennie Devlin, 1865-1952 Complete Bibliography Sources and Permissions
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