Alan Lomax: A collector’s item

By Ollie Cussen  

Leadbelly

With the end of 2010 came the publication of John Szwed’s biography of Alan Lomax, the legendary folk song curator who dragged recording equipment across the Depression-era Deep South and brought America’s forgotten folklore to the mainstream. In the history of American culture Lomax is a major figure. Famously, in Angola prison, Louisiana, he recorded the blues of Lead Belly, which Tom Waits described…

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