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A Tale of Tales – an accurate portrayal of John A. Lomax

In response to the recent release of The Legend of Lead Belly and Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways documentary, Anna Lomax Wood has written an unvarnished portrait of her grandfather, John A. Lomax, to counter his inadequate and inaccurate portrayal in the film. Please read it here.

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New Release – Music for Work and Play: Carriacou, Grenada, 1962

In August, 1962, folklorist/ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and his young daughter, Anna, arrived in Carriacou, a small, outer island of the Eastern Caribbean nation, Grenada. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Lomax spent the next five days recording a wide range of traditional music and song. On three-foot high loudspeakers, Lomax played the music back to those recorded and then conducted both formal and informal interviews about the music and culture—encounters that were also captured on tape and that were as light-hearted as they were informative. Re-mastered from Lomax’s original stereo recordings, Music for Work and Play: Carriacou, Grenada, 1962, which offers a snapshot of Lomax’ warm welcome to Carriacou as well as a portrait of this rich, diverse, and vital musical culture, is now available as a downloadable album.

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Within and Without: The History of Hatian Photography at the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale

From June 21 through October 4, 2015, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents the first comprehensive museum survey of photography in Haiti in the exhibition From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography. This exhibition is supported by frequent ACE partner, the Green Family Foundation, and features some of Alan Lomax’s imagery. See the museum site for more information.

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Lomax Centennial events at Seedtime On the Cumberland

Starting June 5th and 6th, the Appalshop of Whitesburg, Kentucky, will be conducting a series of public programming and activities across the region that celebrate both the material that Alan Lomax collected and the communities and traditions he documented. These events will include performances of Lomax material by contemporary artists, collecting of stories from descendants and neighbors of people Lomax recorded, and public forums with noted scholars and folklorists.

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