Alan Lomax

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Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax

And the thing that I always tried to do with important singers when I met them was to sit down and record everything they knew, give them a first real run-through of their art.More Alan Lomax [08/03/2011 02:08:52]
He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs, his country songs, that they were great songs. And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found, and he found a tremendous reaction to that.More Alan Lomax [08/03/2011 02:08:58]
I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.More Alan Lomax [08/03/2011 03:08:44]
I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And the thing that I always tried to do with important singers when I met them was to sit down and record everything they knew, give them a first real run-through of their art.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs, his country songs, that they were great songs. And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found, and he found a tremendous reaction to that.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Well I think that, really, when I look back on fifty years of working on folk music in America and elsewhere, I think maybe the most important contribution I made to the future was the time that I put in with these two people. I was very young and I could really sit at their feet.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You could hear him, literally, half a mile away when he opened up. He was at his peak then. He was, naturally, dying to get out of the place he was in, and he recorded for us his appeal for pardon to the governor.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Back in the early 30s, Woody and Lead Belly were musical cronies. At all the New York folk-song parties of that day - and the guitar picking population of New York at that time consisted of about ten people, if you can believe it - Lead Belly and Woody were the stars. And usually after all of us had decided to go to bed, Woody would go home with Lead Belly and they'd sit up and play until morning.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My father and I met Lead Belly in the Angola Penitentiary in 1933. We came there looking for the roots of American black song, and we certainly found them with Lead Belly.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We went over Lead Belly's repertory with him. And we helped him round it off into concert form so that when he got up in front of his audience, he sang ballads and work songs and lullabies and children's games and square-dance tunes, the whole thing.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We were doing a benefit for this Spanish cause, the Spanish Loyalists who were fighting against Franco, and Woody was on the show. It was one of the first nights he was in New York. He stepped out on the stage, this little tiny guy, big bushy hair, with this great voice and his guitar, and just electrified us all. I remember the first song I heard him sing: "Mention Dirty to My Heart."More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The dimension of cultural equity needs to be added to the humane continuum of liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and social justice.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We now have cultural machines so powerful that one singer can reach everybody in the world, and make all the other singers feel inferior because they're not like him. Once that gets started, he gets backed by so much cash and so much power that he becomes a monstrous invader from outer space, crushing the life out of all the other human possibilities. My life has been devoted to opposing that tendency.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The essence of America lies not in the headlined heroes...but in the everyday folks who live and die unknown, yet leave their dreams as legaciesMore Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The modern computer with all its various gadgets and wonderful electronic facilities now makes it possible to preserve and reinvigorate all the cultural richness of mankind.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People were saying that Southern folk song was dead, that the land that had produced American jazz, the blues, the spirituals, the mountain ballads and the work songs had gone sterile.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Folk Music is the map of singing.More Alan Lomax [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species.More Alan Lomax [08/03/2011 03:08:52]
You could hear him, literally, half a mile away when he opened up. He was at his peak then. He was, naturally, dying to get out of the place he was in, and he recorded for us his appeal for pardon to the governor.More Alan Lomax [08/03/2011 03:08:58]

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