By John Szwed
The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,"the most sensible song biographer within the business" (L.A. Weekly).
One of the main outstanding figures of the 20th century, Alan Lomax used to be top identified for bringing mythical musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead abdominal, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing people tune to a mass viewers. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles Davis and sunlight Ra, provides the 1st biography of Lomax, a guy who was once as influential as he used to be controversial-trailed for years by means of the FBI, criticized for his folks- song-collecting practices, denounced by way of a few as a purist and via others as a popularizer. This authoritative paintings finds how Lomax replaced no longer simply the way in which all people within the nation heard song but in addition the way in which they seen the USA itself.
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Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed