Alan Jabbour's Biography and Bibliography
Below are my short and long biographies.
Alan Jabbour was born in 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida. A violinist by early training, he put himself through college at the
University of Miami playing classical music. While a graduate student at Duke University in the 1960s, he began documenting
South from musicians like Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, and Tommy Jarrell of Toast, North Carolina. He taught a repertory of
oldtime fiddle tunes to his band, the Hollow Rock String Band, which was an important link in the instrumental music revival in the
After receiving his Ph.D. in 1968, he taught English, folklore, and ethnomusicology at UCLA in 1968-69. He then moved to
Washington, D.C., for over thirty years of service with Federal cultural agencies. He was head of the Archive of Folk Song at the
Library of Congress 1969-74, director of the folk arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts 1974-76, and director of the
American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress 1976-99. Since his retirement, he has turned enthusiastically to a life of
writing, consulting, lecturing, and playing the fiddle.
Alan Jabbour was born in 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida, and was educated in Jacksonville public schools and the Bolles