ALAN LOMAX: THE MAN WHO RECORDED THE WORLD
John Szwed's new biography of Alan Lomax provides a compelling account of Alan Lomax's life and work, and the era's cultural and political climate. The book's engaging personalities include Woody Guthrie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leadbelly, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger, Jelly Roll Morton, Muddy Waters, Carl Sagan and Bob Dylan. A folklorist and anthropologist, Szwed has written biographies of Jelly Roll Morton, Sun Ra and Miles Davis. He is currently professor of music and jazz studies at Columbia University.
Published by Viking Adult on December 30, 2010
WHY DO PEOPLE SING? ALAN LOMAX AND HIS SCIENCE OF SONG
Though it produced a body of work kaleidoscopic in its variety and intersecting interests, the search for answers to deceptively simple questions drove Alan Lomax to wander America and eventually the world: "Why do people sing? Why do they dance?" A new Lomax biography follows his journey as he emerges from the shadow of his father, folklorist John Lomax, through successive and more expansive expeditions to collect folkloric traditions, to the unified theory of human creative expression that his collection of audio, film, photographs, and video made possible. In Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded The World (Viking), John Szwed makes a powerful argument for Lomax as "one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, a man who changed not only how everyone listened to music but even how they viewed America."