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Alan Lomax, over the course of seven decades, collected tens of thousands of folksongs from singers and players across America and the world. On January 31, 2015, the Association for Cultural Equity and PledgeMusic are teaming up to celebrate LOMAX’S 100th BIRTHDAY with a centennial tribute: a 100 song 6-LP set (and companion digital download) plus a series of 7" singles curated by you, the fans.
JOIN OUR CELEBRATION and you’ll get behind-the-scenes access to the production of the box set and the audio mastering by Grammy-winning sound engineer Steve Rosenthal. You’ll be able to vote in the selection of songs for the 7” series, be the first to see rare photos and ephemera picked for the LP booklets, and get a first-hand sense of breathtaking depth and breadth of Lomax’s collections, spanning 1933 to 1991.
All funds raised after production costs will go to the Association for Cultural Equity, the non-profit research and advocacy center founded by Lomax in 1983. ACE continues to preserve and promote Lomax’s life’s work and actively seeks local partners to repatriate his collections to the communities in which they were created.
Thank you for your support of the Association for Cultural Equity and legacy of Alan Lomax. We look forward to celebrating his centennial with you.
Get a digital download of ten of Alan Lomax’s most iconic recordings. You’ll also get access to historic content from the Alan Lomax Archive and the ability to vote on inclusions in the Centennial 45 series.
A hardback book/double CD set with 101 songs recorded by Lomax in Asturias, Spain, in 1951, packaged inside a 170-page trilingual hardcover book beautifully designed by McSweeney’s Barbara Bersche. The book is edited by noted Spanish-music scholar Judith R. Cohen and includes introductory texts and song notes, illustrations and many rare and never-before-published photographs.
After a 1961 series of NYC concerts featuring Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson, Alan Lomax invited the artists and a who’s who of the folk revival back to his apartment for an impromptu song swap and filming with some of the biggest names of the era, old-timers and revivalists alike: Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jean Ritchie, Jack Elliott, Guy Carawan, the New Lost City Ramblers, and more. This (NTSC) DVD is the film’s first release in any form.
Alan Lomax Centennial t-shirt – a PledgeMusic exclusive!
Our latest release of Lomax’s recordings of the great Georgia singer and storyteller Bessie Jones, recorded solo, in small groups, and with the famous Georgia Sea Island Singers, of which she was a member for many years.
A new release of Lomax’s audio recordings and photographs from the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm. Packaged in a beautiful die-cut slipcase with 44 tracks (12 previously unreleased), all newly remastered and 77 photographs, many published here for the first time.
Essays by Alan Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood, and Bruce Jackson. A collaboration between the Lomax Archive and the Dust to Digital label.
A box-set of five 7-inch vinyl singles. A-sides will be voted on by the fans!
Get downloads plus PDFs of liner notes from five albums of Lomax’s “Southern Journey” recordings, made in 1959 and 1960, compiled by the Lomax Archive, and released by the Mississippi label in 2010.
A test pressings of one of the 7-inches included in the singles set. (Used to determine volume levels and sonic quality of the vinyl before production.)
Digital download of all 100 songs on the Alan Lomax Centennial set + five 7" b-sides (105 songs total) plus PDFs of the artwork and liner notes.
A six-LP box-set of 100 songs drawn from Alan Lomax’s field-recording collections, compiled between 1933 and 1983.
All five films in Lomax’s “American Patchwork” PBS series, shot between 1978 and 1983, and released on DVD (NTSC) in 2006.
Used to determine volume levels and sonic quality of the vinyl before being mass produced. Only 10 available! (Single LP.)
A print of one of Lomax’s photos shot in Spain, Italy, the Eastern Caribbean, or the Southern U.S. (Your choice.)
While hosting radio programs for the Mutual Broadcasting Company in the late ‘40s, Alan amassed a large collection of post-war 78-rpm records. You’ll receive one of his record albums (five or six 78s per).
A first-edition copy of the Grammy-winning 8 CD box-set of Lomax’s legendary 1938 Library of Congress recordings with the self-proclaimed “originator of jazz,” Jelly Roll Morton. Booklet and CDs packed in piano-shaped box.
A selection of audio and video exclusives, analog and digital!
-Alan Lomax In Asturias 2 CD + book
-American Patchwork DVD set
-Ballads, Blues & Bluegrass DVD
-Centennial set download
-Centennial LP box-set
-Southern Journey series download
Your name in the Centennial set liners, plus the LP set, the 45 set, and digital counterparts, plus Southern Journey series downloads.
The VIP Centennial package!
- The 7-inch box set
- 78-rpm record from Lomax’s collection
- Alan Lomax In Asturias 2CD + Book
- American Patchwork DVD set
- Centennial Downloads
- Centennial LP Box-set
- Exclusive Centennial T-shirt
- A Lomax photo print
- The Southern Journey Series Download
- AND your name in the liner notes of the LP Box set!