By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen
Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American folks song circles. even supposing he released many books, 1000's of recordings and dozens of flicks, his contributions to well known and educational journals have by no means been accrued. This number of writings, brought via Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax documents in manhattan, this ebook brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it's divided into 4 sections, every one shooting a special interval within the improvement of Lomax's lifestyles and occupation: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 whilst Lomax was once recording thorughout Europe; the folks tune revival years; and eventually his paintings in academia.
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Listen. Not fifteen years ago a beautiful young octoroon, one Margarite—, suddenly sickened and died. Her death had been the occasion of much sorrowful comment, but of course she had been forgotten before the year was out. Seven years later, the priest who had been sent to attend to the funeral of Monsieur—, a former Minister, made a tour of inspection of the premises and stumbled onto a locked door. He demanded the keys from the servant and was told that the master of the house carried the keys to that room on his person and that no one had ever been allowed to enter it.
Revoli understands. He knows that songs can be used to call the gods and dismiss those spirits that live in the sea and are fiercer than sharks. He knows that songs can heal sickness, break up homes and persuade men that they have turned into snakes so that they go wrapping themselves about the roof-trees. Théomar François. It was like a Charlie Chaplin comedy. We blew the smoke of our fifty-cent cigars in their faces and then scuttled around the corner to hide the holes in our breeches. This collecting job always carries one into places that don’t exist except in dreams.