Alan Lomax, the South, and the American folk music revival, 1933-1969

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Lenz, Risto,


Peter Lang,, Volume volume 16, Berlin Germany ;, p.447 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00916186, (OCoLC)fst00929383, Ethnomusicologie, Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology., États-Unis., fast, Folk music, Folk music., History and criticism., Southern States, United States.


Dissertation--Universität zu Köln.Includes bibliographical references.American Folklore : Appliedversus Pure Research -- The Expert From Below -- Radio and Film -- Gender, Race and the Folklorist -- "A Mississippi of Song" : Lomax and the Construction of Delta Blues -- Lomax and the 1960s "Folk Boom"."Alan Lomax (1915-2002) is arguably the most popular and influential American folk song collector of the 20th century. Pursuing a mission of both preserving and popularizing folk music, Lomax moved between political activism, the scholarly world, and the world of popular culture. Based largely on primary material, the book shows how Lomax's diverse activities made him an authority in the field of folk music and how he used this power to advocate the cultures of perceived marginalized Americans - whom he located primarily in the American South. In this approach, however, folk music became an abstract idea onto which notions oscillating between hope and disillusionment, fear and perspective were projected. The author argues that Lomax's role as a cultural mediator, with a politically motivated approach, helped him to decisively shape the perception and reception of what came to be known as American folk music, from the mid 1930s to the late 1960s"--