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Alan Lomax : selected writings, 1934-1997

Author: Ronald D Cohen; Gage Averill
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald D Cohen; Gage Averill
ISBN: 0415938554 9780415938556 0415938546 9780415938549
OCLC Number: 264792366
Description: x, [366] pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, plates, facsimiles ; 23 cm + 1 CD
Contents: 1: 1934-1950: The early collecting years --
"Sinful" songs of the southern Negro --
Haitian journey --
Music in your own back yard --
Songs of the American folk --
Preface: Our singing country --
14 traditional Spanish songs from Texas --
Reels and work songs --
Mister Ledford and the TVA --
American sings the saga of America --
Folk music in the Roosevelt era --
2: The 1950s: World music --
Tribal voices in many tongues --
Making folklore available --
Galician music --
Italian folk music --
The folk song of Italy --
Folk song style: notes on a systematic approach to the study of folk song --
Skittle: why is it so popular? and where is it going? --
Folk song style --
Saga of a folksong hunter --
3: The folk revival (1960s) --
The "folkniks"-and the songs they sing --
Leadbelly's songs --
Bluegrass background: folk music with overdrive --
Getting to know folk music --
Folk song traditions are all around us --
The good and the beautiful in folksong --
4: Cantometrics and cultural equity: the academic years --
Song structure and social structure --
Choreometrics: a method for the study of cross-cultural pattern in film --
Appeal for cultural equity --
Cinema, science, and cultural renewal --
5: Final writings --
The global jukebox --
Preface to the 1993 edition of Mr. Jelly roll --
Sounds of the south --
Brown girl in the ring --
Introduction to Katharine D. Newman, Never without a song: the years and songs of Jennie Devlin, 1865-1952. Accompanying compact disc: compilation copyright and published in 2003 by Rounder Records Corp. CD contains 11 tracks with radio excerpts and programs, Alan Lomax commentaries and interviews, and various Lomax field recordings. Comments on early days of collecting --
God down Old Hannah --
"Poor farmer" (story and song) --
Excerpt from "Mr. Ledford and the TVA" radio program --
Excerpt from "Your ballad man" radio program --
Comments on Spanish singing style --
Cantar de Verndimia (grape trampling song) --
Comments on the "Tralalero" singers of Genoa, Italy --
La Partenza --
"Sing Christmas" introduction --
Mary & Martha is bound to wear the crown-o.
Responsibility: edited by Ronald D. Cohen ; with introductory essays by Gage Averill [and others].

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