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/
April 22 — Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Biting, innovative Cuban novelist, social critic.
ALSO ON APRIL 22 IN HISTORY…
1526 — First New World slave revolt occurs, Haiti.
1724 — Philosopher Immanuel Kant born, Konigsberg, East Prussia.
1870 — Bolshevik Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin born, Simbirsk, Russia.
1893 — Italian-American anarchist Nicola Sacco born, Tarremaggiore, Italy.
1904 — Nuclear scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer born, New York City.
1922 — Jazz great Charles Mingus born, Nagales, Arizona.
1970 — First Earth Day environmental celebrations observed.
1995 — Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn dies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective