Alan Lomax出生于1915年1月31日，由美国德克萨斯州奥斯汀的Bess Brown和John A. Lomax出生。他是四个孩子中的第三个，他的父亲是先驱民俗学家和作家。他是20世纪最出名的美国民间音乐收藏家。洛马克斯还担任民族音乐学家，民俗学家，档案工作者，学者，作家，政治活动家，电影制片人和口述历史学家。他在美国和英国的作品涉及到音乐会，唱片和广播节目的制作，在20世纪40年代到60年代初的美国以及英国的褶皱复兴中扮演着非常关键的角色。洛马克斯最初是从协助父亲收集材料开始的，因为他的父亲是一位收藏家和民俗学家。后来，他自己做了这个，也和别人的帮助。他为“美国民歌”档案录制了大量的歌曲和采访醋酸和铝片。他是美国国会图书馆馆长（Szwed，2010）。
Alan Lomax was born on 31st January 1915, to born to Bess Brown and John A. Lomax in Austin, Texas, United States. He was third of the four children and his father was a pioneer folklorist and author. He is best known as the 20th century’s most renowned field collector of folk music of America. Lomax also worked as ethnomusicologist, folklorist, archivist, scholar, writer, political activist, film-maker and oral historian. His works in USA and England related to the production of concerts, recordings, and radio shows have a very crucial role in the revival of folds in America as well as Britain in the era of 1940-50s and early 1960s. Lomax initially began with assisting his father in collection of material, as his father was a collector and folklorist. Later, he did this one his own and with other people’s assistance. He has done recording numerous songs and interviews on acetate and aluminium discs for the Archive of American Folk Song. He was director of this archive at the Library of Congress (Szwed 2010).