Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World Kindle Edition
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The writing although dense and filled with long quotations from Lomax, always has an element of surprise. Perhaps because the events were taking place in the early part of the Twentieth Century, there was more openness and innocence. Lomax traveled with his wife and daughter, he spent nights in shacks with African-Americans, and he was constantly in need of money. He was friends with Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, Jelly Roll Morton, and Pete Seeger, not to mention Carl Sandburg and Margaret Mead.
When Roosevelt became President, Lomax was recognized for his amazing depth and breadth of folk music contacts, and frequently performed for the White House. He earned a Carnegie Grant. He spent time abroad searching for folk music in England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Italy. His notes and recordings gradually became touchstones not only for the musicians of his era, but of many musicians of the future.
It was a pleasure to read a book and do it at a leisurely pace. As I read it, I began seeing how folk music has affected jazz, classical music, and pop music. For a musician or a non-musician, it is a wonderful journey.