Life and Legacy of Alan Lomax

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Alan Lomax was a man whose boundless musical curiosity elevated folksongs to the level of “serious music.”  The lasting effect of his explorations, discoveries and archives alongside the developing technology of audio recording cannot be easily overstated. Lomax started his career in the 1930s, working for his father (John Lomax) at the Library of Congress Archive of American Folksongs where he collected some 25,000 songs. In the 1950’s he traveled and recorded the volume Columbia Library of World Music. His work had a large impact on Americans' understanding of the extraordinary nature of our "ordinary" culture. Take a listen to some of his legacy. 

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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Allen Feldman from New York City

"We now have cultural machines so powerful that one singer can reach everybody in the world, and make all the
other singers feel inferior because they're not like him ...Once that gets started, he gets backed by so much cash and so much power that he becomes a monstrous invader from outer space, crushing the life out of all the other human possibilities. My life has been devoted to opposing that tendency."
Alan Lomax

Jan. 27 2011 10:09 AM

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