Alan Lomax, assistant in charge : the Library of Congress letters, 1935-1945

by Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002.

Format: Print Book 2011
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML423.L6347 A4 2011
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML423.L6347 A4 2011
Alan Lomax (1915-2002) began working for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress in 1936, first as a special and temporary assistant, then as the permanent Assistant in Charge, starting in June 1937, until he left in late 1942. He recorded such important musicians as Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Aunt Molly Jackson, and Jelly Roll Morton. A reading and examination of his letters from 1935 to 1945 reveal someone who led an extremely complex, fascinating, and creative life, mostly as a public employee.While Lomax is noted for his field recordings, these collected letters, many signed ""Alan Lomax, Assistant in Charge,"" are a trove of information until now available only at the Library of Congress. They make it clear that Lomax was very interested in the commercial hillbilly, race, and even popular recordings of the 1920s and after. These letters serve as a way of understanding Lomax's public and private life during some of his most productive and significant years. Lomax was one of the most stimulating and influential cultural workers of the twentieth century. Here he speaks for himself through his voluminous correspondence.
Additional Information
Series American made music series.
Subjects Lomax, Alan, -- 1915-2002 -- Correspondence.
Ethnomusicologists -- United States -- Correspondence.
Publisher Jackson :University Press of Mississippi,2011
Other Titles Library of Congress letters, 1935-1945
Contributors Cohen, Ronald D., 1940-
Language English
Description xvi, 414 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-397) and index.
ISBN 9781604738001 (cloth : alk. paper)
1604738006 (cloth : alk. paper)
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