Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Truly Global Jukebox

My jaw quite literally dropped when I read this New York Times article about the global jukebox, an idea of folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax which envisioned based on his substantial collection of folk music, pictures, videos, and more. Thankfully, the idea's time has come and thanks to the Association for Cultural Equity it will have a majority of Alan Lomax's collection live on the web by the end of February. You can see what they have already digitized at the "Research Center," where you can thrill to early recordings of Big Bill Broonzy, the 1966 Newport Folk Festival, and international recordings from countries like Ireland, the Caribbean, and Romania.

After you've satiated your musical cravings, you can listen to Alan recount Lead Belly's first public performance on the East Coast, see pictures he took at the infamous Parchman Farm, or learn yourself on how to eat a crawfish properly.

Below: the Kid Thomas Band performs "When The Saints Go Marching In" at Preservation Hall


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