The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music

The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music

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The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music by Tom Piazza

A Best Photo Book of 2012 by American Photo.
A new look at the legendary folklorist and his work.
More than fifty years ago, on a trip dubbed “the Southern Journey,” Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider uniquely American. Lomax’s camera was a constant companion, and his images of both legendary and anonymous folk musicians complement his famous field recordings.
These photographs—largely unpublished—show musicians making music with family and friends at home, with fellow worshippers at church, and alongside workers and prisoners in the fields. Discussions of Lomax’s life and career by his disciple and lauded folklorist William Ferris, and a lyrical look at Lomax’s photographs by novelist and Grammy Award-winning music writer Tom Piazza, enrich this valuable collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393081077
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 1,007,319
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alan Lomax (1915–2002) was one of the great ethnomusicologists and field collectors of folk music of the twentieth century, recording thousands of songs throughout the United States and Europe.

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