Alan Lomax: American Patchwork

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Alan Lomax: American Patchwork

From 1978 to 1985, the famed folklorist Alan Lomax traveled through the American South, documenting its traditional music — brass bands, second-liners, and Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans; miners, moonshiners, and Primitive Baptists in Kentucky; flat-footers, string bands, and Piedmont blues in North Carolina; Cajun cowboys, Creole fiddlers, and Zydeco stompers in Louisiana; fife-and-drum ensembles, gospel quartets, and former railroad track-liners, levee-camp muleskinners, and players on the pre-war blues circuit in Mississippi. 

 This footage ultimately totalled over 400 hours and was edited into Lomax's "American Patchwork" series, which aired on American public television in 1991. But the lion's share has never been seen publicly. Nathan Salsburg, an archivist and producer from the Alan Lomax Archive, will be screening a program of assorted clips from the "American Patchwork" collection with a Q&A to follow. Co-sponsored with 317 Main St. Community Music Center, with support from Bangor Savings Bank.


April 7, 2012
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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