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        Lomax the Songhunter

        In Lomax the Songhunter, filmmaker Rogier Kappers seeks to tell Lomax's story by interviewing friends such as Pete Seeger, combining it with archival recordings of music greats Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and gathering footage of the cotton fields, rock quarries and prisons where Alan Lomax captured America’s quintessential music. Finally, Kappers followed the route that Lomax took so many years ago and traveled to remote villages in Spain and Italy, hearing memories and music from the farmers, shepherds and weavers whose songs Lomax recorded decades earlier.

        Lomax the Songhunter: Traditional Scottish Folk Song (Clip 1 of 4)

        In this additional scene from Lomax the Songhunter, filmmaker Rogier Kappers goes to Scotland and meets Hugh Sinclair, who sings a song about returning to Barra from Glasgow after 30 years. Alan Lomax wrote during his journey in the 1950s, "I took the road to the Hebrides. These Islands lie 50 miles west of Scotland. All day we ran south along the bleak coast. It was a grey day and the islands were cold and uninviting to me. I had forgotten what my informant had told me. The best thing about the islanders is their welcome for the stranger."

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        Lomax the Songhunter: Jose Iranzo Sings a Spanish Folk Song (Clip 2 of 4)

        In this additional scene from Lomax the Songhunter, filmmaker Rogier Kappers meets Jose Iranzo in Northern Spain, a shepherd originally recorded by Lomax over 50 years ago. Iranzo's recording of the song, "Al Regreso del Campo," is part of Alan Lomax Collection: The Spanish Recordings: Aragón & València (Rounder Records).

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        Lomax the Songhunter: Manuela Hears Lomax's Recording (Clip 3 of 4)

        In this additional scene from Lomax the Songhunter, filmmaker Rogier Kappers meets Manuela Lema Santos and plays back for her a recording she made for Lomax. When Lomax arrived in Galicia, Spain, he had written "The town clerk told us that the three best singers in the region had just moved in. He led me to a house that was like a heap of stone and called Manuela. There in the filthy barn, stood a young woman, her clothes ragged, a child on her arm. Manuela fetched her two sisters....Maricucha let go for a line or two, and then she raised her head and out of her throat came a high falsetto crying tone that put white heat into the song."

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        Lomax the Songhunter: Friends and Family Reminisce about Lomax (Clip 4 of 4)

        In this additional scene from Lomax the Songhunter, Alan Lomax's friends and family reminisce about Lomax the man, and the necessity of his work in preserving traditional music. Singer Shirley Collins says, "Ever since the turn of the last century, people have been aware that traditional music is in danger of dying out because music is a big business now. And you get music pumped at you from radios and televisions and this big music industry that is just damping down on other forms of music."

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        Lomax the Songhunter: Alan Lomax Radio

        In 1997, Rounder Records introduced The Alan Lomax Collection, a multi-CD set of recordings spanning the folklorist's six-decades of recording in the U.S., Haiti, the Caribbean and Europe. Listen to a streaming radio sampler from Rounder's anthology.

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