Alan Lomax (1915-2002) devoted his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. In LOMAX THE SONGHUNTER ...
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Alan Lomax (1915-2002) devoted his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. In LOMAX THE SONGHUNTER filmmaker Rogier Kappers follows the route that Lomax took across America and beyond its borders-traveling to remote villages in Spain and Italy, hearing memories and music from the farmers, shepherds and weavers whose songs Lomax recorded decades earlier. The film also tells Lomax's story by interviewing friends such as Pete Seeger, using archival recordings of music greats Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and gathering footage of the cotton fields, rock quarries and prisons where Alan Lomax captured America's quintessential music.
For years, I've heard about Alan Lomax and his folk recordings for the Library of Congress but it wasn't until I saw this documentary on the PBS series P.O.V. that I even had an inkling of what he did. This film is as good a start as any to learn about this important researcher and his preservation efforts among various folk artists around the world. We go to Italy, Spain, and, Ireland to hear various work songs and we see Lomax himself sing some of his favorites. He is shown in various times in his life up to just before he died in 2002 when he could hardly speak. And Pete Seeger recounts of his own discovery by Lomax. So if you love to hear unique music of various cultures, I suggest you definitely seek this one out.
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