Alan Lomax, Bess Lomax

Brown Girl in the Ring: An Anthology of Song Games from the Eastern Caribbean

1997 (First Printing)

Main Details
Author Alan Lomax
Published in/by Arrangement with Pantheon Books
Documentation J. D. Elder
Author Bess Lomax
First Printing 1997
Identifying Codes
ISBN 0679404538
Format Hardback
Publication Location NY
Page Count / Font 221 pages
Notes 4to - over 9 3/4 " - 12" tall. First edition.
Hardcover in matching dustjacket

68 songs words & music plus photos illus
Award-winning author Alan Lomax has dedicated his life to recording the music of cultures that are largely ignored, thereby preserving forever a magnificent musical heritage. In the words of Studs Terkel, Lomax is "one of America's most imaginative and daring musicologists."

Together with J. D. Elder, a former minister of culture of Trinidad and Tobago, and his sister Bess Lomax Hawes, Lomax collects here sixty-eight children's song games--the music, the lyrics, and the stories behind them--from countries throughout the eastern Caribbean. Also included are personal essays that detail Lomax's experiences while recording the music, and his and Elder's encounters with the traditions upon which the songs are based.

Through words, music, and pictures, Brown Girl in the Ring captures a fascinating and essential part of life on the islands of Trinidad, Tobago, Dominica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Nevis, and Carriacou. And as they have criss-crossed the world in the wake of the great migrations of the last four hundred years, these songs have taken on as well a life of their own, becoming a cherished part of many different cultural traditions.


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