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Adventures of a ballad hunter

Author: John A Lomax
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2017.
Series: Focus on American history series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : English : First University of Texas Press editionView all editions and formats
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Growing up beside the Chisholm Trail, captivated by the songs of passing cowboys and his bosom friend, an African American farmhand, John A. Lomax developed a passion for American folk songs that ultimately made him one of the foremost authorities on this fundamental aspect of Americana. Across many decades and throughout the country, Lomax and his informants created over five thousand recordings of America's  Read more...
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Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948.
Adventures of a ballad hunter.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017010489
(OCoLC)978251995
Named Person: John A Lomax; John A Lomax
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John A Lomax
ISBN: 9781477313725 1477313729
OCLC Number: 1004378069
Notes: "Originally published in 1947 by the Macmillan Company."
Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 275 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
Contents: Boyhood in Bosque --
College --
Hunting cowboy songs --
Twenty years interim --
American ballads and folk songs --
Penitentiary negroes --
Iron head and Clear Rock --
Alabama red land --
Burials, baptizings and a penitentiary sermon --
Chanteys, ballads, work songs and calls --
Some interesting people --
Melodies and memories.
Series Title: Focus on American history series.
Responsibility: John A. Lomax.

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Growing up beside the Chisholm Trail, captivated by the songs of passing cowboys and his bosom friend, an African American farmhand, John A. Lomax developed a passion for American folk songs that ultimately made him one of the foremost authorities on this fundamental aspect of Americana. Across many decades and throughout the country, Lomax and his informants created over five thousand recordings of America's musical heritage, including ballads, blues, children's songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs. He acted as honorary curator of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, directed the Slave Narrative Project of the WPA, and cofounded the Texas Folklore Society. Lomax's books include Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads, American Ballads and Folk Songs, Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Leadbelly, and Our Singing Country, the last three coauthored with his son Alan Lomax. Adventures of a Ballad Hunter is a memoir of Lomax's eventful life. It recalls his early years and the fruitful decades he spent on the road collecting folk songs, on his own and later with son Alan and second wife Ruby Terrill Lomax. Vibrant, amusing, often haunting stories of the people he met and recorded are the gems of this book, which also gives lyrics for dozens of songs. Adventures of a Ballad Hunter illuminates vital traditions in American popular culture and the labor that has gone into their preservation.

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