RIP Alan Lomax, 1915-2002

by Michael Morris

It's a sad day. Alan Lomax, folk musicologist best known for recording the history of folk music - including a legendary recording of Huddie Ledbetter - has died. The NYTimes has a nice story about Lomax (he punched out Bob Dylan's manager when Dylan turned to rock for the Newport Folk Festival? Wow). The piece has a nice quote that reveals some of why this was a great man:

He advocated what he called "cultural equity: the right of every culture to have equal time on the air and equal time in the classroom."

I'm surprised he wasn't an Internet evangelist.

We'll have to dedicate something to his passing at the OSCON Music BOF.