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date: 23 October 2019

Lomax, Alanlocked

(31 Jan. 1915–19 July 2002)
  • Dennis Wepman

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Lomax, Alan (31 Jan. 1915–19 July 2002), ethnomusicologist, was born Alan James Lomax in Austin, Texas, the son of John Avery Lomax, a pioneer folklorist and collector of American folk songs, and Bess Baumann Brown. He attended Terrill Preparatory School in Dallas, went on to the prestigious Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut for a year, and then enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. At the age of sixteen he spent his sophomore year at Harvard, where his tuition was funded by the school. The following year, in the depths of the Great Depression, he traveled with his father, helping to carry a massive recording machine in their car on a field trip collecting songs from plantation workers in Kentucky and convicts in the state prisons of Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi. He returned to the University of Texas in ...

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