Comprehensive look on Lomax's contribution to music,
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This review is from: The Man Who Recorded the World: A Biography of Alan Lomax (Hardcover)
If you've not come across Alan Lomax and his father John Lomax, their contribution to music was the work to captured music initially in the US, but Alan also worked in Europe for a while. Their story starts out in the 1920s and 30s. Alan's influence on music perhaps isn't as widely appreciated, as more recent figures such as Berry Gordy, Jerry Wexler and so on. But actually it is astonishing, from the `discovery' of Lead Belly; to breaking Jelly Roll Morton, setting Muddy Waters onto the road to blues fame; to introducing Dylan to early folk music.
The book itself is a substantial volume, and at times feels very scholarly in nature - but then Alan approached his subject in a manner that was scholarly. It does however make the reading a bit dry at times, but ultimately very rewarding. If you want to seriously understand some music history you can't go wrong with this book.
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