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Alan Lomax Root Hog Or Die Tribute 6-Disc Box Set Announced

12/03/2015
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(HW) The Alan Lomax Archive of the Association for Cultural Equity has collaborated with Mississippi Records to compile Root Hog Or Die: 100 Songs, 100 Years - An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute.

A release date was not provided in the announcement but Amazon lists a pre-sale for a vinyl box-set under this title but attributed to "various artists". They show a January 15th release date. Check out the preorder here.

The limited edition 6-LP box-set surveys Lomax's career through 100 songs gathered from fifty years of his field recordings, 1933 to 1983 and was put together to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the iconic music star.

More than half of the tracks are previously unreleased, and are accompanied in the box by photographs (many previously unpublished) and an introductory essay and recording chronology by the Archive's curator and the set's compiler Nathan Salsburg.

Born in Austin, Texas, on January 31, 1915, Lomax would become the foremost folklorist of the twentieth century, documenting the world's traditional music and lore over the course of seven decades.

Root Hog Or Die combines the famous (Jelly Roll Morton, Big Bill Broonzy, a young Bob Dylan) with the unheard (Brother Alec Stamps and the congregation of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist of Greenville, Mississippi; the women's league of the South Hill Methodist Church in South Hill Village, Anguilla; an adolescent hambone performer in Harlem named Steven Wright) and is the most geographically and stylistically diverse compilation of Lomax's recordings to date, including artists from India, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Spain, and across Britain, the Caribbean, and the United States.

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