Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed

By John Szwed

The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,"the most sensible tune biographer within the business" (L.A. Weekly).

One of the main outstanding figures of the 20th century, Alan Lomax used to be top recognized for bringing mythical musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead stomach, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing people song to a mass viewers. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles Davis and sunlight Ra, provides the 1st biography of Lomax, a guy who used to be as influential as he was once controversial-trailed for years through the FBI, criticized for his people- song-collecting practices, denounced through a few as a purist and via others as a popularizer. This authoritative paintings finds how Lomax replaced now not in simple terms the way in which each person within the nation heard tune but additionally the best way they considered the USA itself.

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