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5.19 [SCREENING] Ballads, Blues & Bluegrass @ 6th Tomorrow Festival

5.19 / 14:00 - 15:00 放映 Screening

Alan Lomax公寓里的民歌、布鲁斯与蓝草音乐

Ballads Blues & Bluegrass


影片信息 Movie Information

导演 Director: Alan Lomax

摄像 Cinematographer: George Pick

录音 Sound Recording: Jean Ritchie

剪辑 Editor: Anna Lomax Wood

制片 Producer:  Alan LomaxGeorge PickowJean Ritchie

修复版&DVD Restoration & DVD: John Melville Bishop

年份 Year:摄于1961年,修复及出版于2012年 Shot in 1961restored and released in 2012

时长 Length60分钟 60 min.

语言 Language:英语 English

字幕 Subtitle:无 None


In the early 1960s, when Greenwich Village was bursting with a folk music revival, the Friends of Old Time Music made it their mission to introduce urban audience to some of the legends of pre-war American traditional music. After a 1961 series of 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 West 3rd Street apartment for an impromptu song swap. Filming was arranged on the fly and a raw, many-layered evocation of the art and attitude of the period emerges from the footage, with some of the biggest names of the era, old timers and revivalists alike: Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Jean Ritchie, Ernie Marrs, Peter LaFarge, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Guy Carawan, the Greenbriar Boys, and the New Lost City Ramblers.

Ballads Blues & Bluegrassis a remarkable portrait of a brief but fabled era that was widely documented in recordings but all too under-represented in moving image. This DVD is the film’s first release in any form.

The premiere of the film was atLos Angeles Film Festival 2012. The Association for Cultural Equitymade the film possible and has promoted it as well as staging the premier.John Melville Bishop’s Media Generationwas responsible for putting it on DVD for our enjoyment, and not a small bit of enlightenment.

The screening includes 2 parts - Ballads Blues & Bluegrass, and The Making Of Ballads Blues & Bluegrass. John Melville Bishop restored the original film and filmed new interviews with cinematographer George Pickow and the New Lost City Ramblers' John Cohen, reflecting on the film in 2010.

Alan Lomax Musicologist, writer, and producer Alan Lomax(b. Austin, Texas, 1915) spent over six decades working to promote knowledge and appreciation of the world’s folk music. He began his career in 1933 alongside his father, the pioneering folklorist John Avery Lomax, author of the best-sellingCowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads(1910). In 1934, the two launched an effort to expand the holdings of recorded folk music at the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress (established 1928), gathering thousands of field recordings of folk musicians throughout the American South, Southwest, Midwest, and Northeast, as well as in Haiti and the Bahamas. Their collecting resulted in several popular and influential anthologies of American folk songs, includingAmerican Ballads and Folk Songs(New York: Macmillan, 1934);Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly(New York: Macmillan, 1936), the first in-depth biographical study of an American folk musician;Our Singing Country(with Ruth Crawford Seeger) (1941); andFolk Songs USA(1948).

Lomax's greatest legacy is in preserving and publishing recordings of musicians in many folk and blues traditions around the US and Europe. Among the artists Lomax is credited with discovering and bringing to a wider audience include blues guitaristRobert Johnson, singer-songwriter and guitaristWoody Guthrie, folk singer Pete Seeger,country musicianBurl Ives, andcountry bluessingerLead Belly, among many others.

Lomax was the Assistant Director of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress and Visiting Scholar (1979); Director-Producer for CBS (radio); Director-Producer for BBC (radio) London; compiler of folksong archives for the United States, Great Britain, and Italy; twenty years of recording and studying the performance of song; thirty years of comparative research on the prominent, redundant features of song and dance performance.

Alan Lomax received the National Medal of Arts from President Reagan in 1984; the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Nonfiction for The Land Where the Blues Began (1993); the Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (1995); an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Tulane University (2001); and a posthumous Grammy Trustees’ Award in 2003. In 2000 he was made a Library of Congress Living Legend. He retired in 1996 to live in Florida with his daughter and grandson, and died there on July 19, 2002.


Event Details

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pricing Info: 
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