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This update features eight new biographies, focused on both musicians and those who made their recordings possible. Highlights include ethnomusicologist and folklorist Alan Lomax; surround sound innovator Ray Dolby; African American soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs; country star Merle Haggard; jazz vocalist and activist Abbey Lincoln; James M. Gates, the preacher whose sermons sold thousands of records; and jazz trumpeter Clark Terry.
Alan Lomax (1915–2002), ethnomusicologist, was a pioneer in the preservation of folk music. His recordings celebrated folk music not only as a valid art form but also as an index of living culture. He was a lifelong spokesman for liberal causes, and his work helped bring attention to marginalized regional, racial, and economic communities.