Saturday, 4 February 2012

Alan Lomax archives to be made available online

Thanks to Pieter Groenveld of Strictly Country Records for drawing attention to this link to the article 'Folklorist’s Global Jukebox goes digital' by Larry Rohter in the New York Times.

Folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax (1915-2002), born in Texas, sought out and recorded thousands of examples and varieties of music, song, dance, and speech in many countries. He gave incalculable encouragement and impetus to the folk music revival of the mid twentieth century, and was especially important in championing 'hillbilly' music (including bluegrass and old-time). His work is described on the websites of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the Association for Cultural Equity.

His immense archive of material is now being digitised with a view to making all of it available online. Read the details here.