Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax (* January 31, 1915, † 19 July 2002) was an American folklore and music researcher who had specialized in early music of the United States and its roots. Alan Lomax was the son of musicologist John Lomax, with whom he started his career.


Lomax had a degree in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. The ethnomusicologist working for a project of the Library of Congress about the oral history.

His recordings are regarded as treasures of American and international culture. His career devoted entirely Lomax collecting folk music all over the world, but particularly in the southern United States.

Lomax recorded during his "recording trips" interviews of fundamental importance, especially with important musicians such as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jelly Roll Morton and Jeannie Robertson. In 2003, he posthumously received a Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements.


  • American ballads and folk songs. With John Avery Lomax. Macmillan, New York 1934
  • American Folk Song and Folklore: A Regional Bibliography. With Sidney Robertson Cowell. Progressive Education Association, New York, 1942.
  • Check -list of Recorded Songs in the English Language in the Archive of American Folk Song in July 1940. Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 1942
  • Freedom Songs of the United Nations. With Svatava Jakobson. Office of War Information, Washington, D.C. 1943
  • " Blues in the Mississippi Night" New York City in 1947 Eds. United Artists in 1959, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim and Sonny Boy Williamson
  • Mister Jelly Roll: The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and " Inventor of Jazz". Drawings by David Stone Martin. Duell, Sloan and Pierce, New York 1950
  • The Rainbow Signed Duel, Sloan and Pierce, New York in 1959
  • Leadbelly: A Collection of World Famous Songs by Huddie Ledbetter. Edited by John A. Lomax and Hally Wood (Special note on Leadbelly 's 12 - string guitar by Pete Seeger) Folkways Music Publishers Company, New York in 1959
  • Folk Songs of North America. ( Melodies and guitar chords transcribed by Peggy Seeger) Doubleday, New York 1960
  • The Leadbelly Songbook. Edited by Moses Asch and Alan Lomax (Musical transcriptions by Jerry Silverman ) Oak Publications, New York 1962
  • 3000 Years of Black Poetry. Edited by Alan Lomax and Raoul Abdul. Dodd Mead Company, New York 1969
  • Canto Metrics: An Approach to the Anthropology of Music: audiocassettes and a Handbook. University of California Extension Media Center, Berkeley 1976
  • The Land Where The Blues Began. Pantheon, New York 1993
  • Brown Girl in the Ring: An Anthology of Song Games from the Eastern Caribbean Edited by JD Elder and Bess Lomax Hawes. Pantheon Books, New York 1997
  • Alan Lomax: Selected Writings 1934-1997. Edited by Ronald D. Cohen. Routledge, New York 2003