Alan Lomax The Man Who Recorded the World (Paperback)
|Author: John Szwed|
|Alan Lomax is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses. Featuring a cast of characters that includes Eleanor Roosevelt and Bob Dylan, Szwed''s fascinating biography provides a remarkable account of an era as seen through the life of one extraordinary man.|
From the Publisher:
The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,"the best music biographer in the business" (L.A. Weekly).
One of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century, Alan Lomax was best known for bringing legendary musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing folk music to a mass audience. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles Davis and Sun Ra, presents the first biography of Lomax, a man who was as influential as he was controversial-trailed for years by the FBI, criticized for his folk- song-collecting practices, denounced by some as a purist and by others as a popularizer. This authoritative work reveals how Lomax changed not only the way everyone in the country heard music but also the way they viewed America itself.
Biographer John Szwed, who has published definitive biographies on both Sun Ra and Miles Davis, turns his intelligent and panoramic authorial lens on the complex, much-debated life and work of Alan Lomax. Best known as an ethnomusicologist who made scores of field recordings of folk music from rural America, Europe, and the Caribbean-- Lomax also made films, appeared on TV and radio programs, produced concerts and recordings, and wrote and sang his own songs. A voracious consumer of music and culture, Lomax's career had many phases and brought him into contact with many of the most important musical and political figures of his day. In his biography, Szwed looks as carefully at Lomax's great contributions as he does at his missteps, while always keeping the broader cultural landscape in view.