On clashing egos and conflicting agendas
I’ve got an article coming out in the journal Popular Music and Society, and it is now available online! Here is the abstract:
Since its publication in 1950, Alan Lomax’s book Mister Jelly Roll, based on his 1926 interviews of Morton for the Library of Congress, has been a crucial source for jazz scholars. By comparing Lomax’s book to the complete recordings and transcript released in 2005, this paper examines the ways Lomax imposed his own agenda on Mister Jelly Roll. Motivated by his convictions about jazz, authenticity and the commercial recording industry, Lomax created a biased and sometimes inaccurate profile of Morton that has influenced public opinion and scholarship to this day.
You can find the article here. Check it out! I also have a limited number of free electronic copies to share, so if you’d like me to send you one, let me know by email or in the comments, and I can send you a link.