Lomax: Collectors of Folk Songs

Frantz Duchazeau


In 1933, folklorists John (1867–1948) and Alan (1915–2002) Lomax roamed the southern United States in search of songs. Equipped with a portable tape recorder, the father-and-son team visited churches, plantations, and penitentiaries to seek out and record the raw, authentic sound of American folk music. Among those they found were the bluesmen Muddy Waters and Son House, and the ex-con folk singer Lead Belly.
From ballads to work songs, ragtime to blues, the songs collected by the Lomax family on this and subsequent expeditions formed an archive that preserved the heritage of American folk music. More than that, these “field recordings” changed the course of popular music, influencing the blues-driven rock ’n’ roll of the 1950s and the folk revival of the 1960s.
Frantz Duchazeau’s graphic novel is at once a fascinating portrait of 1930s America and a captivating story about a father and son who, despite many differences in outlook and approach, were united by a commitment to cultural preservation and a passion for music.

Creator Bio

Frantz Duchazeau was born in Angoulême, France, and settled in Paris in 1993. He began his career in the early 1990s working for the French Disney magazine Le Journal de Mickey. He also contributed numerous short stories and a series to the European comics magazine Spirou. He is the author of numerous graphic novels.

Price £12.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 14 February 2019
Pages 120
Height 240mm
Width 170mm
Illustrations Black and White
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781910593615