Ethnomusicologist, political activist, oral historian, and filmmaker, Alan Lomax (1915-2002) is a towering figure in American music who devoted his long life to collecting and popularizing American folk music.
Over two weekends in October, we present Alan Lomax: The Songhunter, a special documentary series honoring Lomax. Included are Rogier Kappers' poignant portrait of Lomax near the end of this life, and the five-program series American Patchwork from the 1980s that documents regional folklore, Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass shot in his Greenwich Village apartment 1961.
BALLADS, BLUES AND BLUEGRASS
An intimate song swap filmed in Lomax's West 3rd Street apartment, spontaneously arranged by the Friends of Old-Time Music (35 min)
THE LAND WHERE THE BLUES BEGAN from American Patchwork
Lomax explores the enduring African- American performance traditions of the Mississippi Delta (60 min)