Download Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed PDF

By John Szwed

The awesome existence and occasions of the fellow who popularized American people tune and created the technology of music

Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, expertise scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, live performance and checklist manufacturer, Alan Lomax is better remembered because the guy who brought folks tune to the hundreds. Lomax all started his occupation making box recordings of rural track for the Library of Congress and via the overdue Nineteen Thirties introduced his discoveries to radio, together with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. by means of the Nineteen Forties he used to be generating live shows that introduced white and black performers jointly, and within the Fifties he got down to checklist the entire global.

Lomax used to be additionally a arguable determine. while he labored for the U. S. executive he used to be tracked through the FBI, and while he labored in Britain, MI5 persevered the surveillance. In his final years he grew to become to electronic media and built know-how that expected today's breakthroughs. that includes a forged of characters together with Eleanor Roosevelt, Leadbelly, Carl Sandburg, Carl Sagan, Jelly Roll Morton, Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan, Szwed's interesting biography memorably captures Lomax and gives a definitive account of an period as visible during the lifetime of one remarkable guy.

Show description

Read Online or Download Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World PDF

Best biography books

Esta usted de broma, Sr. Feynman?

¿Está usted de broma, Sr. Feynman? Aventuras de un curioso personaje tal como le fueron referidas a Ralph Leighton (título unique en inglés without doubt You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! ) es un libro que recoge anécdotas de los angeles vida de Richard Feynman, ganador del Premio Nobel de Física en 1965.

James and Dolley Madison: America's First Power Couple

His revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison introduces the reader to America's first energy couple. utilizing lately exposed troves of letters on the collage of Virginia, between different assets, historian Bruce Chadwick has been capable of reconstruct the main points of the Madisons' own and political lives.

Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola

WITH A FOREWORD through WALTER MURCH Gene Phillips blends biography, studio heritage, and movie feedback to accomplish the main accomplished paintings on Coppola ever written. The strength in the back of such well known and seriously acclaimed motion pictures as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather trilogy, Coppola has imprinted his precise sort on every one of his videos and at the panorama of yank pop culture.

Adorno: A Biography

'Even the biographical person is a social category', wrote Adorno. 'It can in basic terms be outlined in a residing context including others. ' during this significant new biography, Stefan Muller-Doohm turns this maxim again on Adorno himself and gives a wealthy and finished account of the lifestyles and paintings of 1 of the main magnificent minds of the 20th century.

Extra info for Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

Example text

Winfrey was opposed to the idea, and Oprah did not at first agree to enter. She knew the competition would be fierce, with many beautiful young women vying for the title. But after mulling it over, Oprah decided she had nothing to lose and entered the contest. When Oprah stood before the judges in her evening gown, she was the only black woman among a bevy of white women with fire engine red hair. Figuring she had no chance to win, Oprah was able just to relax and to be herself during the competition.

When eight-year-old Oprah arrived in Nashville, her father was waiting for her at the station. At the time, little Oprah had no way of knowing the wonderful possibilities that awaited in her father’s stable home. Vernon and Zelma Winfrey lived in a modest house on the east side of Nashville. Winfrey was a quiet man who worked hard and held down two jobs. At the time, he was a janitor at Vanderbilt University and worked in the kitchen at a Nashville hospital. The couple was childless and more than happy to welcome Oprah into their home.

The same year, Winfrey also garnered Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Director. There was another award Winfrey was soon to earn—her college diploma. Deciding it was time to take care of unfinished business, Winfrey re-enrolled at Tennessee State University, finished her senior project, and finally completed the requirements for her college degree.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.19 of 5 – based on 43 votes