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Alan Lomax- Ethnomusicologist

Ethnomusicology is the study of music in its cultural context. Ethnomusicologists approach music as a social process in order to understand not only what music is but why it is: what music means to its practitioners and audiences, and how those meanings are conveyed. 978 more words


This Historic Day In Music: Georgia Turner & The Rising Sun Blues (Yes, again.)

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In September of 1937, Alan Lomax and his wife, Elizabeth, took a song-collecting trip through the mountains of Kentucky.

Alan had recently been appointed as the Assistant in Charge of the Archive of Folk Song of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 673 more words

This Historic Day In Music

Songs of distant earth

For a few months in the early seventies, a curious debate briefly raged about sex in space. In designing the aluminum plaques that would be carried by two of the… 1,266 more words


Things I'm Verbing: Bad conspiracies, bad monopolies and good sleep

The entire Trump presidency is basically the DEAD DOVE DO NOT EAT gag

— Abbey Bender (@Abbey_Bender) July 11, 2017

Quite the chyron. pic.twitter.com/R32hzp4ofZ

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) …

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Alan Lomax’s Timeless American Recordings Find a New Audience

If you’ve heard of Alan Lomax, the man who spent his life traveling around the world and documenting as much of it as he possibly could, you’ve likely heard mention of the idea of “cultural equity.” That idea was the guiding principle behind much of Lomax’s work—his belief there should be a level playing field among all cultural expressions. 1,240 more words

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Listening to West Virginia

Part of folk’s appeal, particularly to young adults in the 1950s, was its antihero mythos—a sense of the music as the property of outcasts…Prep school students from the Northeast would stay up all night listening in the dark to WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virginia…Forty years later, listeners from Boston could imitate the deejay, …

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Global Jukebox

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Alan Lomax helped discover Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie. Now 17,000 of his field recordings are online.

Back in the day, folklorist Alan Lomax recorded music of the people — in Britain, Ireland, the US, the Caribbean, the former USSR, and more. 264 more words