In this hour, we’ll explore the extraordina life and work of American folklorist Alan Lomax and how his calling to record the world changed the course of 20th century music. We’ll talk with Lomax historian and archivist Don Fleming about Lomax’s groundbreaking work in the American South during the 1930s, and trace Lomax’s path abroad and his efforts to record and capture the traditional music of countries across the world. And we’ll talk with Todd Harvey of the Library of Congress about his efforts to preserve Lomax’s legacy of over 10,000 recordings, and find out how Alan’s long-held dream of providing unlimited access to his work, is now becoming reality in the Internet Age. (59:00)
Photo: American folklorist Alan Lomax.
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