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Alan Lomax is a folklorist and ethnomusicologist. He began making field recordings with his father, a fellow folklorist, John Lomax, of American folk music for the Library of Congress' Archive of American Folk Song. Throughout his six decades of pivotal work, Lomax travelled all over the United States, as well as to the Carribean, Ireland, Great Britain, Spain (where he was hounded by Franco's fascist police), and Italy. Aside from turning the Archive of American Folk Song into one of the most important music resources in the world, Lomax wrote numerous books on music, hosted radio shows in the United States (CBS) and Britain (BBC), and even brought a concert series to New York called The Midnight Special.

Alan Lomax has played an incredibly important role in the preservation of classic folk music, and helped introduce such artists as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Jelly Roll Morton to the world.

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