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By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen

Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people tune circles. even if he released many books, 1000s of recordings and dozens of movies, his contributions to renowned and educational journals have by no means been accumulated. This selection of writings, brought by way of Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax files in big apple, this e-book brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it's divided into 4 sections, each one shooting a special 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 used to be recording thorughout Europe; the folks song revival years; and at last his paintings in academia.

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There he made us comfortable, sat down himself, and produced a little tin bucket, which he placed between his knees, bottom side up. ” By squeezing it with his knees he produced two or three tones. His rhythmic variations were extraordinary. ” Late one August evening we sat on the front stoop of Camp Number One of the Prison Farm at Parchman, Mississippi, talking to the Superintendent. The men had come in from the fields, had eaten, and were bathing in the big dormitory in preparation for bed. “You know, I’ve been in this prison system for over twenty years,” said the Superintendent.

The people honored their gods and rejoiced that they were content with what had been offered; but law, money, practical people—the dull and inefficient weapons of the upperclass propriety—soon interfered. The sergeant began to growl about a fine, for the “manger loa” (feast for the gods) was being held without a permit. Haiti, as a good Catholic country, offcially outlaws Vaudou. The official attitude is outwardly supported by the upper class of mulattoes, although many, if not all, of them secretly participate in Vaudou rites.

First comes the weighing. Revoli and I watch them. Before we begin, it is necessary to remember that in the tropics, where men sweat, they must drink. Here in Haiti, it is clarin, a raw, fiery-pure rum. When they work, they drink clarin. When they drink, they sing. When they sing, they dance. Burly, serious, calculating, kindly fellows, for them working well means singing, drinking, dancing, calling on the gods, and retailing scandal. In the warehouse there is a mountain of coffee sacks, each one weighing nearly two hundred pounds.

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