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Its great that LOC recordings are being released into the public
domain. The Alan Lomax archives are a great model at
http://research.culturalequity.org/home-radio.jsp

Would there be any chance of this happening to the ballad opera 'The
Man Who Went To War' with Paul Robeson? It has been claimed by
academia and only a clippette has been released.

Yet this is an important programme in Black History.

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"The Man Who Went to War" - 1944. A "ballad opera" by Langston Hughes
with folk music chosen by Alan Lomax. It starred Canada Lee, Paul
Robeson, Ethel Waters, William Vesey, Josh White, Sonny Terry, and
Brownie McGhee.

Despite the LOC or BBC staff breaking the glass masters and without
the for-knowledge that future laser devices such as Irene might be
able to piece together the recording from the shards there IS a
surviving copy on magnetic tape (reel-reel?). This was made by Lomax
himself and ended up in the Library of Congress Sound Archives
(whatever). But what foresight Lomax had!! Anyway this tape was
mis-indexed and was 'lost' for decades. Then last year (or
thereabouts) it was rediscovered to great acclaim. However academia
claimed it as theirs and only a clippette has been released to the
public. A Ph.D. student was researching the programme, which was
actually a kind of 'radio ballad / ballad opera' somewhat of the genre
of the 'Chisholm Trail,' to write a thesis on the programme's
influence on how Brits. gained an understanding of American culture of
the 1940s. Frankly both programmes, 'Chisholm' and 'War,' would be as
unlikely to do that as an episode of 'Life with the Lyons.' But then I
suppose folks can do Ph.D.s on just about anything.

Here are links:

http://research.culturalequity.org/home-radio.jsp

http://music.ku.edu/%E2%80%9Cnon-extant%E2%80%9D-recording-langston-hughes-ballad-opera-found

"The Man Who Went to War, 1944. A "ballad opera" by Langston Hughes
with folk music chosen by Alan Lomax. It starred Canada Lee, Paul
Robeson, Ethel Waters, William Vesey, Josh White, Sonny Terry, and
Brownie McGhee."

"C... M..., a Ph.D. student in musicology who will be writing her
dissertation on radio ballad operas, plans to conduct the first
in-depth study [of] the work for her document."

As a collector and researcher of the Radio Ballad genre, especially
those produced by Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, I contacted the folk
mentioned on the KU webpage. They weren't the slightest bit interested
in anything I had to offer!!! US-centric or what? However their loss.

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Here are the missing links including a clippette ...

http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2015/06/12/missing-from-history-langston-hughes-the-man-who-went-to-war-2/

Interestingly Genome has two dates for when 'The Man Who Went To War'
WAS aired in the UK.

Monday 29 May 1944 21.20
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/051873ac57734b448b6169d371ed7886

Monday 6 March 1944 21.20
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/b5f2b5e6dd984fd1aaab6ea8afa8cc9f

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CJB