By John Szwed

ISBN-10: 0143120735

ISBN-13: 9780143120735

The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,"the most sensible song biographer within the business" (L.A. Weekly).

One of the main notable figures of the 20 th century, Alan Lomax used to be most sensible recognized for bringing mythical musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead stomach, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing folks tune to a mass viewers. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles Davis and sunlight Ra, offers the 1st biography of Lomax, a guy who was once as influential as he was once controversial-trailed for years through the FBI, criticized for his folks- song-collecting practices, denounced via a few as a purist and via others as a popularizer. This authoritative paintings unearths how Lomax replaced no longer purely the best way every body within the nation heard track but additionally the best way they considered the United States itself.

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Here we can glimpse the crisis that surfaces in the Republic and Laws concerning performed music, for if heard music recalibrates the soul, and the soul in turn controls human behavior, then musicians potentially have tremendous powers of persuasion over citizens. Hence, to the problem of telling good music from bad is added the question of who gets to tell. The locus of these problems then becomes education. ” In book 3 of the earlier Republic, Plato took pains to outline a program for the body and one for the psychic state, which in Plato’s thought is so closely associated with music.

48 Unlike music in Dionysian rituals, which facilitated and circumscribed transgression, Apollo’s music brings calm to the passions of animals, humans, and gods, as Pindar (518–ca. ) writes in his first Pythian ode: O golden Lyre, possession of Apollo and the violet-haired Muses that speaks on their behalf, to whom the dance step harkens . . and whose signal the singers obey . . you even quench the warlike thunderbolt of ever-flowing fire; and as the eagle sleeps on Zeus’s scepter, his swift wings relaxed and folded on each side .

54 His powers, like those of Apollo, resided in his singing and lyre playing, which enchanted nature and could sway the hearts of gods. 55 Though not considered a god, Orpheus had magical and healing powers. e. as tempered versions of Dionysus cults. The two most stable stories of Orpheus are his descent to Hades to resurrect his wife (ending in failure), and his death at the hands of Thracian (also called Ciconian) women. e. witness in Plato’s Symposium (179d), though Plato had a low opinion of Orpheus, calling him a mere kithara player, a lukewarm lover, and lacking in courage.

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