By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen
Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people tune circles. even though he released many books, enormous quantities of recordings and dozens of flicks, his contributions to renowned and educational journals have by no means been gathered. This choice of writings, brought by means of Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax information in manhattan, this booklet brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it really is divided into 4 sections, every one shooting a special interval within the improvement of Lomax's existence and occupation: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 whilst Lomax was once recording thorughout Europe; the people tune revival years; and eventually his paintings in academia.
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He would try to find out what had happened to her. The houngans, he thought, must have some sort of drug which affects the brain. IV. L’ASILE The next day a young German merchant gave me a ride as far as Acquin. At dusk Revoli and I dropped off in the middle of the square and looked about for the caserne of the Garde d’Haiti, that efficient small army, trained and disciplined by the marines, which maintains its posts in every quarter of Haiti and polices it better than it has ever been policed before in its turbulent history.
First comes the weighing. Revoli and I watch them. Before we begin, it is necessary to remember that in the tropics, where men sweat, they must drink. Here in Haiti, it is clarin, a raw, fiery-pure rum. When they work, they drink clarin. When they drink, they sing. When they sing, they dance. Burly, serious, calculating, kindly fellows, for them working well means singing, drinking, dancing, calling on the gods, and retailing scandal. In the warehouse there is a mountain of coffee sacks, each one weighing nearly two hundred pounds.
He demanded the keys from the servant and was told that the master of the house carried the keys to that room on his person and that no one had ever been allowed to enter it. He found a key; and presently the door swung back on its well-oiled hinges. The priest saw a figure crouching against the wall. He called for a lamp, and saw a woman, hiding her face in her hands and trembling with fear. He approached her, raised her face up to the light. It was Margarite, whom he had taught, confessed, and given first communion.