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Alan Lomax archive releases Ballads Blues & Bluegrass film

The Association for Cultural Equity and Alan Lomax archive has released Ballads, Blues And Bluegrass, a half hour film which documents an impromptu song swap between Lomax and the Friends Of Old Time Music collective at his flat in Greenwich Village in the early 60s.

The Friends Of Old Time Music (Ralph Rinzler, Izzy Young, Mike Seeger, Jean Ritchie and John Cohenwere) were a group which was dedicated to introducing urban audiences in New York to pre-war American music, bringing folk and blues performers to the city to perform in the early to mid-1960s, including Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson. More details here.