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Dragging a disc recording machine weighing more than 300 pounds, Alan Lomax and his father, John, went to the plantations and juke joints of the American south, the hobo camps of the west, and the streets of Caribbean islands to collect the music and stories of the previously unknown. They recorded those who would be famous, such as Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and Jean Ritchie, and others who would stay nameless. The work was physically demanding, legally complex, and emotionally exhausting, and we now have thousands of recordings, showing America to itself.
INSTRUCTOR: Karl Hakkarainen is a retired software engineer and IT professional. He has worked with copyrights, patents, and trademarks throughout his career. His legal studies include a course on copyright law through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Karl is not a lawyer.
OPTIONAL BOOK: Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, Author: John Szwed ISBN-13 978-0143120735 December 2011. Additional public domain recordings and writings
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