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How Alan Lomax Segregated Music

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Musicologist Alan Lomax had a specific idea of what African-American music should sound like — an idea that reinforced stereotypes instead of breaking them down.

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Leadbelly and Lomax Together at the American Music Festival

Friday, August 19, 2011

It's always exciting when we turn up an important long lost recording.  In this case, the unlabeled flip side of one of Mayor La Guardia's talks had half-a-show that's not been heard for 67 years. Hailing from February 14th, 1944, we hear two friends get together to share some music with each other and WNYC's listeners. And what better venue than the station's annual American Music Festival, eleven days of studio performances and concerts around the city dedicated to home-grown music and talent?  Talent indeed. Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, a renowned folksinger and bluesman, performed with pioneering folklorist Alan Lomax.

 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Woody Guthrie and WNYC

Friday, June 24, 2011

He was a regular guest on Leadbelly's show and sang the station's praises.
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