Alan Lomax earned many titles during his 87 years on Earth — musician, writer, filmmaker, musicologist, folklorist, ethnologist, activist, scholar — but he’s best known for his efforts to record and preserve folk music from America and around the world. He collected tens of thousands of field recordings throughout his life, work that is being commemorated once more via the new compilation Root Hog Or Die, a box set initiated by the hundredth anniversary of Lomax’s birth in 2015. These 100 tracks span half a century, from 1933 to 1983, and more than half of them are previously unreleased. It’s available now as a 6xLP box set, but you can also stream the full tracklist below via Bandcamp.
Root Hog Or Die: 100 Songs, 100 Years — An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute is out now. Purchase it here.