2015 is the centenary of the birth of Alan Lomax and worldwide are organizing efforts to celebrate his work and his research work on popular music worldwide. Lomax – as we wrote in this column – was born in Texas, and from an early age, as a result of his father, took on the job of collecting the popular musical repertoires. In the early stages of his research has been devoted to American music – especially in the southern United States, but not only – and then embark on a long journey that led him to work around the world, including Italy. Among the initiatives that will remember this extraordinary scholar – who has played a key role for the careers of artists like Leadbelly and even Bob Dylan – those that assume greater importance were organized by Cultural Equity, the association founded by Lomax in 1983. We begin from the first, because we are interested in more closely. 31 January – the day of the birthday of the scholar of Austin – was organized in Catania the lead “Omaggio ad Alan Lomax (Homage to Alan Lomax)”, during which it was exposed a photographic exhibition and performed various artists including Civita Folk Orchestra, Mimi Sorrentino and the Accused. The event was organized by the club La Lomax. The radio KBOO organized “Alan Lomax Centennial Celebration”, a special thirteen hours of programming on materials recorded by Lomax. It was built in Louisville, Kentucky, the event “Alan Lomax: Folklorist Filmmaker,” a six-hour marathon of films and footage of trips Lomax in Haiti, Kentucky and Michigan. Finally, the association has organized “Am I born to die?”, an afternoon performance in London, to Caroline Gardens Chapel, during which performed The Own Service, Gentlefolk, Long Pike Follow, Nancy Wallace, Justin Hopper, Lost Harbours, You Are Wolf, Sharron Krauss & Plinth.
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