Alan Lomax

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Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax (born January 31, 1915 , † July 19, 2002 ) was an American folklore and music researcher who specialized in the early music of the United States and its roots. Alan Lomax was the son of the musicologist John Lomax , with whom he began his career.


Lomax graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in philosophy . The ethnomusicologist was working on a project for the Library of Congress about oral history.

His sound recordings are considered treasures of American and international culture. Lomax devoted his career entirely to collecting folk music around the world, particularly in the southern United States.

Lomax also recorded fundamental interviews during his recording trips, particularly with major musicians such as Woody Guthrie , Leadbelly , Jelly Roll Morton , Jeannie Robertson and Muddy Waters . In 2003 he posthumously received a Grammy Trustees Award for Lifetime Achievement.


  • American ballads and folk songs . With John Avery Lomax. Macmillan, New York 1934
  • Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly . With John A. Lomax. MacMillan, New York 1936
  • American Folksong and Folklore: A Regional Bibliography . With Sidney Robertson Cowell . Progressive Education Association, New York 1942.
  • Check-list of Recorded Songs in the English Language in the Archive of American Folk Song in July 1940. Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 1942
  • Our Singing Country: Folk Songs and Ballads . With John A. Lomax and Ruth Crawford Seeger. MacMillan, New York 1941
  • Freedom Songs of the United Nations . With Svatava Jakobson. Office of War Information, Washington, DC 1943
  • "Blues in the Mississippi Night" New York City 1947 Ed. United Artists 1959 with Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim and Sonny Boy Williamson
  • Mister Jelly Roll: The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and "Inventor of Jazz" . Drawings by David Stone Martin . Duel, Sloan and Pierce, New York 1950
  • The Rainbow Sign . Duel, Sloan and Pierce, New York 1959
  • Leadbelly: A Collection of World Famous Songs by Huddie Ledbetter . Edited with John A. Lomax and Hally Wood (Special note on Leadbelly's 12-string guitar by Pete Seeger) Folkways Music Publishers Company, New York 1959
  • Folk Songs of North America. (Melodies and guitar chords transcribed by Peggy Seeger) Doubleday, New York 1960
  • The Leadbelly Songbook . Edited by Moses Asch and Alan Lomax (Musical transcriptions by Jerry Silverman) Oak Publications, New York 1962
  • 3000 Years of Black Poetry . Eds. Alan Lomax and Raoul Abdul. Dodd Mead Company, New York 1969
  • Cantometrics: An Approach to the Anthropology of Music: Audiocassettes and a Handbook . University of California Media Extension Center, Berkeley 1976
  • The Land Where the Blues Began . Pantheon, New York 1993
  • Brown Girl in the Ring: An Anthology of Song Games from the Eastern Caribbean Ed. With JD Elder and Bess Lomax Hawes. Pantheon Books, New York 1997
  • Alan Lomax: Selected Writings 1934-1997 . Edited by Ronald D. Cohen. Routledge, New York 2003


  • Nolan Porterfield: Last Cavalier: The Life and Times of John Lomax. 1996 (biography)
  • Antoni Pizà: Alan Lomax: Mirades Miradas Glances. Lunwerg, Fundacio Sa Nostra, Barcelona 2006, ISBN 84-9785-271-0


  • Lomax - the songhunter. 90-minute documentary by Rogier Kappers, David / InAkustik, 2007

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