ABSTRACT

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 never been collected. This collection of writings, introduced by Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces these essential writings. Drawing on the Lomax Archives in New York, this book brings together articles from the 30s onwards. It is divided into four sections, each capturing a distinct period in the development of Lomax's life and career: the original years as a collector and promoter; the period from 1950-58 when Lomax was recording thorughout Europe; the folk music revival years; and finally his work in academia.

part Part I|96 pages

1934—1950: The Early Collecting Years

chapter |8 pages

Introduction

ByEd Kahn

chapter Chapter 1|23 pages

"Sinful" Songs of the Southern Negro

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Haitian Journey

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 3|9 pages

Music in Your Own Back Yard

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 4|3 pages

Songs of the American Folk

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 5|8 pages

Preface: Our Singing Country

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 6|2 pages

14 Traditional Spanish Songs from Texas

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 7|8 pages

Reels and Work Songs

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

Mister Ledford and the TVA

ByErik Barnouw

chapter Chapter 9|6 pages

America Sings the Saga of America

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 10|5 pages

Folk Music in the Roosevelt Era

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

part Part II|90 pages

The 1950s: World Music

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

ByAndrew L. Kaye, Matthew Barton

chapter Chapter 11|6 pages

Tribal Voices in Many Tongues

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 12|7 pages

Making Folklore Available

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 13|6 pages

Galician Music

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 14|3 pages

Italian Folk Music

With Diego Carpitella, 1955
ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 15|2 pages

The Folk Song of Italy

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 16

Folk Song Style: Notes on a Systematic Approach to the Study of Folk Song

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 17|4 pages

Skiffle: Why Is It So Popular? and Where Is It Going?

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 18|34 pages

Folk Song Style

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 19|14 pages

Saga of a Folksong Hunter

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

part Part III|46 pages

The Folk Revival (1960s)

chapter |8 pages

Introduction

ByRonald D. Cohen

chapter Chapter 20|3 pages

The "Folkniks"—and the Songs They Sing

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 21|2 pages

Leadbelly's Songs

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 22|3 pages

Bluegrass Background: Folk Music with Overdrive

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 23|8 pages

Getting to Know Flok Music

ByCarroll Calkins, Alan Lomax

chapter Chapter 24|3 pages

Folk Song Traditions Are All Around Us

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 25|19 pages

The Good and the Beautiful in Folksong 1

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

part Part IV|86 pages

Cantometrics and Cultural Equity: The Academic Years

chapter |15 pages

Introduction

ByGage Averill

chapter Chapter 26|27 pages

Song Structure and Social Structure

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 27|10 pages

Choreometrics: A Method for the Study of Cross-Cultural Pattern in Film

ByAlan Lomax, Irmgard Bartenieff, Forrestine Paulay

chapter Chapter 28|15 pages

Appeal for Cultural Equity

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 29|19 pages

Cinema, Science, and Cultural Renewal

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

part Part V|26 pages

Final Writings

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByMatthew Barton

chapter Chapter 30|3 pages

The Global Jukebox

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 31|7 pages

Preface to the 1993 Edition of Mr. Jelly Roll

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 32|3 pages

Sounds of the South

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 33|5 pages

Brown Girl in the Ring

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye

chapter Chapter 34|4 pages

Introduction to Katharine D. Newman, Never Without a Song: The Years and Songs of Jennie Devlin, 1865-1952

ByRonald D. Cohen, Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew L. Kaye