By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen
Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people track circles. even if he released many books, hundreds of thousands of recordings and dozens of flicks, his contributions to well known and educational journals have by no means been gathered. This selection of writings, brought by way of Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax information in big apple, this publication brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it really is divided into 4 sections, each one taking pictures a different interval within the improvement of Lomax's lifestyles and occupation: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 whilst Lomax was once recording thorughout Europe; the folks track revival years; and at last his paintings in academia.
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It was often quite difficult to persuade the first man to record his song, but after he and his fellows had heard his voice, his mistakes, perhaps, coming back to him out of the loudspeaker, there was no longer any difficulty in getting what we wanted. ” II. THE PRISON FARM Of all the singers in the penitentiary, Mose Platt, “alis” Clear Rock, stands largest in my memory. According to his own telling, he is seventy-one years old and has spent forty-seven of those years in Texas prisons. ” we asked him.
An he reach in de winder, knock de clerk in de head, an’ take all de money an‘lit out. Well, dat where de ballit take up. ” 28 ALAN LOMAX De deputy ‘gin to wonder Where dey could fin’ po’ Laz’us. ” Well, dey foun’ po’ Laz’us Way out between two mountains, An’ dey blowed him down, Lawd, Lawd, an’ dey blowed him down. Dey taken po’ Laz’us An’ dey laid him on de commissary gal’ry, An’ dey walk away, Lawd, Lawd, an’ dey walk away. ” “Dat a mighty pitiful song, ain’t it? De line sings it out at work some time right sof’, when dey gits mad at de Cap’n.
But the request of the warden was at last too much for his conscience. He capitulated, and stood up to sing before the microphone. When he had made sure that his words were being recorded, he said, “It’s ha’d times when a po’ man? member o’ de chu’ch, has to sing a sinful song. ” He had registered his protest on an aluminum plate… Just as he was telling us good-bye, he turned to Father: “Will de big boys up in Washington hear dis song? I sho’ hopes dey does. ” With the same idea in mind, a Negro in the Tennessee penitentiary once drew us off to one side, far away from the crowd at the other end of the cellblock.