Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax died on Friday. I had heard the name before, but didn't know much about him. Turns out he was one of the pioneers of recording, which makes me like him an awful lot. From the article:

What Alan Lomax did was, in a way, inherently contradictory. He was terrified that recorded sound would eradicate the folk-singing tradition. Who needed to sing when you could play a record?

I'm sure a less hammered individual could probably draw similarities between his dilemma and the current situation with MP3s and the RIAA. So good luck to them.