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By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen

Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people track circles. even though he released many books, enormous quantities of recordings and dozens of movies, his contributions to renowned and educational journals have by no means been accumulated. This selection of writings, brought via Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax information in manhattan, this ebook brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it really is divided into 4 sections, each one shooting a different interval within the improvement of Lomax's lifestyles and profession: 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 eventually his paintings in academia.

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Now, around a littered square that no doubt once embraced a tidy little French park with a pavilion for a band, the empty white houses stand like slim, white hands raised in salute. The flag of decay floats in the darkness where at the upper end of the square the tower of a ruined Norman cathedral faces the sea. Already at seven-thirty the town was deserted. All the doors and windows were tightly shut and light gleamed through only an occasional crevice. Saturday night in Mardi Gras season and asleep!

The greenery, still gleaming with dew, crowded in at their feet; and the walls of leaves were punctuated with bougainvillaea and trumpet vine. The merchants were leaning over their bolts of goods and barrels of salt and 36 HAITIAN JOURNAY gossiping with the more elegant lawyers and doctors. Revoli and I approached diffidently and inquired of them about the state and condition of music in their city. It is strange how this question flabbergasts the businessman. “Songs,” he says, “songs—what does one have to do with songs?

As a loyal Haitian she believed that the mysteries of the island should be talked about instead of covered up, as the upper class wished. Had I ever heard about the zombis of Haiti? She was scandalized at my ignorance. She was the one to tell me, and I must inform the world. She had grown up in the United States and knew a thing or two about public decency, and when she returned to Haiti after her marriage she was at first amazed, then frightened, and finally outraged by the things she saw her people suffering.

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