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May 9, 2012 Alan Lomax's collection of folk music recordings was recently made available online and it's already influencing contemporary musicians. Host Michel Martin talks with Geoffrey Clairfield of the Association for Cultural Equity, and Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops about the online archive and the music it's inspiring.
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Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960.
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March 28, 2012 More than 17,000 sound recordings made by the famed folklorist are now available, for free.
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Trumpeter Papa Celestin (left) and clarinetist Alphonse Picou in 1950.
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May 19, 2011 In 1949, the music historian went to New Orleans to talk to the scene's elder statesmen about Jelly Roll Morton and the first days of jazz. You can hear all that audio online now.
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January 8, 2011 Alan Lomax was said to have brought on a musical revolution. He devoted his life to recording folk music from around the world, traveling everywhere from Mississippi to Japan searching for folk songs to record. A new book by John Szwed looks at Lomax's legacy.
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In 1959, Alan Lomax traveled through the American South to record the stories of folk musicians.
Shirley Collins/Library of Congress
January 7, 2011 Lomax, the subject of a new biography by John Szwed, spent more than a half-century recording folk music and customs around the world. In 1990, he spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the decades he spent compiling sound recordings from around the world.
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March 24, 2004 The Library of Congress unites the legendary folklorist's recordings of world cultures with the documentaries he and his father made of the American South. NPR's Felix Contreras reports.
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