By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen
Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people song circles. even though he released many books, thousands of recordings and dozens of movies, his contributions to renowned and educational journals have by no means been accumulated. This selection of writings, brought via Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax records in long island, this publication brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it truly is divided into 4 sections, every one taking pictures a unique interval within the improvement of Lomax's existence and occupation: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 whilst Lomax was once recording thorughout Europe; the folks song revival years; and eventually his paintings in academia.
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Extra resources for Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997
Zombi say, ‘Iguale, iguale, iguale,’ an’ he mix pile all up. Dat man he look at zombi fingernail. She one mile long. He look at she hand. She two mile long. He look up at zombi. He growed great big devil. Dat man he run to Cap-Haitien. When he start he all de way down to de Port-au-Prince, 42 HAITIAN JOURNAY one hundred an’ fifty kilomet’. He ask ‘em when he get to Cap-Haitien when de nex’ boat sail for Les EtatsUnis. When nex’ boat sail, he hide in a bunch of bananas an’ he don’t come back no more.
Well, dat where de ballit take up. ” 28 ALAN LOMAX De deputy ‘gin to wonder Where dey could fin’ po’ Laz’us. ” Well, dey foun’ po’ Laz’us Way out between two mountains, An’ dey blowed him down, Lawd, Lawd, an’ dey blowed him down. Dey taken po’ Laz’us An’ dey laid him on de commissary gal’ry, An’ dey walk away, Lawd, Lawd, an’ dey walk away. ” “Dat a mighty pitiful song, ain’t it? De line sings it out at work some time right sof’, when dey gits mad at de Cap’n. But de one de ole twelve-string box like bes’ is de cocaine song— Chew my terbaccer an’ spit my juice, Love my baby tell it ain’ no use, Hi, hi, honey, take a whiff on me, Take a whiff on me, take a whiff on me, Hi, hi, baby, take a whiff on me, Hi, hi, honey, take a whiff on me.
Théomar François. It was like a Charlie Chaplin comedy. We blew the smoke of our fifty-cent cigars in their faces and then scuttled around the corner to hide the holes in our breeches. This collecting job always carries one into places that don’t exist except in dreams. Today it led Revoli and me across a court green with age and moss and stinking with refuse, up a stone stairway with hollows for the bare feet of the dead to step in, and into a room where a hundred cuckoo clocks were conversing with fiddles without necks, harps without strings.
Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997 by Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen