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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Szwed Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The remarkable life and times of the man who popularized American folk music and created the science of song. Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, concert and record producer, Alan Lomax is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses. Lomax began his career making field recordings of rural music for the Library of Congress and by the late 1930s brought his discoveries to radio, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. By the 1940s he was producing concerts that brought white and black performers together, and in the 1950s he set out to record the whole world. Lomax was also a controversial figure. When he worked for the US government he was tracked by the FBI, and when he worked in Britain, MI5 continued the surveillance. In his last years he turned to digital media and developed technology that anticipated today’s breakthroughs. Featuring a cast of characters including Eleanor Roosevelt, Leadbelly, Carl Sandburg, Carl Sagan, Jelly Roll Morton, Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan, Szwed’s fascinating biography memorably captures Lomax and provides a definitive account of an era as seen through the life of one extraordinary man. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Herzog | 10/26/2013

    " Fascinating for its discussion of Lomax's discovery/relationship with Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Jelly Roll Morton, but it's very obvious that the book was written by an academic - it's pedantic and, while jam packed with details, doesn't have a strong sense of storytelling narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Douglas Mccann | 10/16/2013

    " Fascinating life, I had trouble getting into the rhythm with this book though, and it read more like a series of facts. Definitely worth the read, mainly because Lomax is such an incredible figure in American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nathan Koci | 8/22/2013

    " Great intro to Lomax, as well as many great musicians along the way: Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and too many others to count. Particularly good when coupled with listening at the Smithsonian archives. Had the fortune to read this while in D.C. for 3 weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick Marley | 8/12/2013

    " Definitive, yes, but maybe a little too definitive for me. This was fascinating in the early going, but bogged down in the middle. "

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