Sunday, February 5, 2012

Alan Lomax's Entire Folk Recordings to be Released Online.


Alan Lomax, ethnomusicologist and folklorist, who went recording folk music in various countries and was instrumental in discovering the blues of Muddy Waters and Leadbelly among others, will have his collection of over 17,000 tracks available online, and:

'In all, there are around 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film 3,000 videotapes, 5,000 photographs and countless pages of manuscripts. All of it will be available online, and much of it for free.'

Holy crap.

If you have the time then you are in for a treat!

One of his accomplishments is when Lomax toured the Southern USA in 1941 and recorded some country blues by then unknown McKinley Morganfield, Aka Muddy Waters. The rest, is history.

Here's Muddy Waters' song recorded on the cotton fields by Lomax in 1942:

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