"Alan Lomax in HAITI": a new box set of his 1936 recordings, journal, more


This extraordinarily appointed (and very reasonably priced) boxset was released by Harte Recordings of San Francisco late last year, but just came on my radar last night. Here’s the lowdown from the label:

Alan Lomax in Haiti: A unique boxed set containing 10 CDs and two books, chronicling Alan Lomax’s 1936 Haitian recording expedition for the Library of Congress. Each volume showcases a specific style of music that Lomax encountered, each thoroughly discussed in the accompanying books: Gage Averill’s meticulously researched liner notes, and Lomax’s own field journal…

“The Alan Lomax Estate and Harte Recordings are dedicated to supporting earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. To aid in that effort, the price of the Alan Lomax in Haiti boxset will be reduced for a limited time to $115, with $15 going directly to local disaster relief organizations in Haiti. Topspin, Harte’s partner in the online selling world, has agreed to donate a portion of its net profit from box set sales as well.”

More info, including interviews, news, songs from the boxset, and direct order info at the HAITI BOX BLOG: http://thehaitibox.blogspot.com/

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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