To many people, Alan Lomax is simply the man who introduced the world to Woody Guthrie (and legendary folk songs like ï¿½This Land is Your Landï¿½). But for Alan Lomax, Guthrie was just one of thousands of musical discoveries made over the course of more than half a century. Lomax, who served as Assistant Folk Song Archivist for the Library of Congress in the 1930s, recorded music from some of the most remote corners and people on earth ï¿½ including Caribbean field workers, pygmies and black American prisoners. But how much do we know about the respected oral historian, producer, and interviewer?
John Szwed is the author of a new biography centering on the world's most famous ethnomusicologist called ï¿½Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World.ï¿½ He joins us in studio.