The Land Where the Blues Began by Alan LomaxThe Land Where the Blues Began by Alan Lomax

The Land Where the Blues Began

byAlan Lomax

Paperback | November 1, 2002

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A self-described “song-hunter,” the folklorist Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930’s and ‘40s, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta’s music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets where the blues began, Lomax gave voice to such greats as Leadbelly, Fred MacDowell, Muddy Waters, and many others, all of whom made their debut recordings with him.

The Land Where the Blues Began is Lomax’s “stingingly well-written cornbread-and-moonshine odyssey” (Kirkus Reviews) through America’s musical heartland. Through candid conversations with bluesmen and vivid, firsthand accounts of the landscape where their music was born, Lomax’s “discerning reconstructions . . . give life to a domain most of us can never know . . . one that summons us with an oddly familiar sensation of reverence and dread” (The New York Times Book Review). The Land Where the Blues Began captures the irrepressible energy of soul of people who changed American musical history.

Winner of the 1993 National Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, The Land Where the Blues Began is now available in a handsome new paperback edition.
Alan Lomax is an ethnomusicologist, record producer, and network radio host/writer. His work includes the prize-winning 1990 PBS television series American Patchwork and the multimedia interactive database called the The Global Jukebox, which he produced as an anthropologist for Columbia University and Hunter College.
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Title:The Land Where the Blues BeganFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:560 pages, 9.26 × 6.12 × 1.33 inShipping dimensions:9.26 × 6.12 × 1.33 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:The New PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1565847393

ISBN - 13:9781565847392

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“Without Lomax it’s possible that there would have been no blues explosion, no R&B movement, no Beatles and no Stones and no Velvet Underground.”-Brian Eno“No one has come close to Alan Lomax in illuminating the intersecting musical roots of an extraordinary range of cultures, including our own.”-Nat Hentoff“If not for Lomax, few people would have heard ‘Tom Dooley’ or ‘Goodnight Irene’ and Bob Zimmerman might be singing ‘Feelings’ at Holiday Inns around Hibbing, Minnesota.”-Newsweek