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Lomax folk archive to be streamed online

By | Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

Alan Lomax

An archive of 17,000 recordings made by late folklorist Alan Lomax is to be made available for online streaming later this month, The Association For Cultural Equity has revealed. Throughout his life’s work as an ethnomusicologist, Lomax collected field recordings from across Britain, the USA and the Caribbean, founding the ACE in 1983 as a means to “explore and preserve the world’s expressive traditions”.

Having since digitised much of Lomax’s considerable catalogue, the organisation intends to let listeners access the archive for free via its Global Jukebox imprint.

An integral figure in the discovery of artists like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly, Lomax’s recordings are sampled famously on Moby’s 1999 album ‘Play’, in the soundtrack to Coen Brothers movie ‘O Brother Where Art Though?’, and also on Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming long player ‘Wrecking Ball’. The New York Times has more on Lomax’s life and legacy here.



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