Thousands of hours of international field recordings housed in the Alan Lomax Archive will now reach audiences through Global Jukebox, the Archive's first independent music imprint. Global Jukebox will produce LPs, CDs and digital albums in partnership with other folkloric institutions, record labels, university presses, along with the global reach of the digital distributor IODA. These releases will engage and inspire audiences around the world with the ever-vital work that Alan Lomax documented, and help fulfill Lomax's mission of "cultural equity," the right of every culture to express and develop its distinctive heritage of songs, dances and stories.
Global Jukebox's first releases commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lomax's "Southern Journey" in the American South, the first stereo field recordings made of traditional music. The inaugural releases are: "Wave the Ocean, Wave the Sea"; "Worried Now, Won't Be Worried Long"; "I'll Meet You On That Other Shore"; "I'll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down"; and "I'm Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die." Compiled and annotated by Nathan Salsburg, the albums draw on new transfers of the original tapes, and include considerable previously unreleased material and extensive booklets of photos and notes.
Forthcoming releases include: Lomax's debut recordings of bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell; a companion album to the new John Szwed biography Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World; a hardback book and two-CD set dedicated to Lomax's trip through Asturias, Spain - "the land at the end of everything"; and the launch of a series of artist-curated compilations, for which guest musicians "Play the Global Jukebox," including an exclusive recording of their own.
Alan Lomax In Haiti: Recordings For The Library Of Congress, 1936-1937, has been nominated for two Grammys: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes. Congratulations to the whole Lomax in Haiti team and to Harte Recordings.
John Szwed has written a fascinating biography of Alan Lomax and provides a compelling account of the era's cultural and political climate. The book features a cast of characters that includes Woody Guthrie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leadbelly, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger, Jelly Roll Morton, Muddy Waters, Carl Sagan and Bob Dylan. Szwed has written biographies of Sun Ra and Miles Davis and is professor of music and jazz studies at Columbia University. Available through Viking Adult on December 30, 2010.