March 4, 2017

Adventures of a Ballad Hunter by John A. Lomax,Ken Chamberlain,John Lomax III Lomax,John Nova

By John A. Lomax,Ken Chamberlain,John Lomax III Lomax,John Nova Lomax,Anna Lomax Wood

Growing up beside the Chisholm path, captivated by way of the songs of passing cowboys and his bosom pal, an African American farmhand, John A. Lomax built a fondness for American people songs that finally made him one of many ultimate gurus in this basic point of Americana. throughout many many years and in the course of the state, Lomax and his informants created over 5 thousand recordings of America's musical history, together with ballads, blues, kid's songs, mess around tunes, box hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, spiritual dramas, spirituals, and paintings songs. He acted as honorary curator of the Archive of yank folks track on the Library of Congress, directed the Slave Narrative undertaking of the WPA, and cofounded the Texas Folklore Society. Lomax's books comprise Cowboy Songs and different Frontier Ballads, American Ballads and people Songs, Negro folks Songs as Sung via Leadbelly, and Our making a song Country, the final 3 coauthored together with his son Alan Lomax.

Adventures of a Ballad Hunter is a memoir of Lomax's eventful lifestyles. It remembers his early years and the fruitful many years he spent at the street gathering folks songs, on his personal and later with son Alan and moment spouse Ruby Terrill Lomax. bright, fun, usually haunting tales of the folk he met and recorded are the gemstones of this booklet, which additionally offers lyrics for dozens of songs. Adventures of a Ballad Hunter illuminates important traditions in American pop culture and the hard work that has long gone into their preservation.

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