“Ballads Blues & Bluegrass”, the film presented in June 2012 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, is the report of an ethnography that only Alan Lomax could lead. Only he who, like no other, has been able to bring together the research and analysis of popular music of the United States (and many other parts of the world, including many of our regions) with his life, crossed from an early age, with his father, chasing traditional songs and music.
In the early sixties Lomax’s research enters even into his home. We’re in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the ethnomusicologist from Austin invites singers and musicians in his apartment for informal session that today have a unique historical value.
Even a very young Bob Dylan participates in the evenings – he talks about it in his book Chronicles – which was attended by all the representatives of traditional music in the United States: Holcomb, Ashley, Watson, Gaither Carlton, Memphis Slim , Willie Dixon, Jean Ritchie, Ernie Marrs, Peter LaFarge, Ramblin ‘Jack Elliott, Greenbriar Boys, New Lost City Ramblers. “Ballads Blues & Bluegrass” says these unique encounters.
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