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.… (more)
General Introduction --------------------- by Ronald D. Cohen.
Alan Lomax lived a long and exceptionally fruitful and influential life.
Chapter 1 ---------- "Sinful" Songs of the Southern Negro
I. THE PLANTATION, THE LUMBER CAMP, THE BARREL-HOUSE This past summer I spent traveling through the South with my father collecting the secular songs of the Negroes, work songs, "barrel-house" ditties, bad-man ballads, corn songs.