Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens

University of Illinois Press, 2010 M10 1 - 144 páginas
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Hazel Dickens was an Appalachian singer and songwriter known for her superb musicianship, feminist country songs, union anthems, and blue-collar laments. Growing up in a West Virginia coal mining community, she drew on the mountain music and repertoire of her family and neighbors when establishing her own vibrant and powerful vocal style that is a trademark in old-time, bluegrass, and traditional country circles. Working Girl Blues presents forty original songs that Hazel Dickens wrote about coal mining, labor issues, personal relationships, and her life and family in Appalachia. Conveying sensitivity, determination, and feistiness, Dickens comments on each song, explaining how she came to write them and what they meant and continue to mean to her. Bill C. Malone's introduction traces Dickens's life, musical career, and development as a songwriter, In addition, Working Girl Blues features forty-one illustrations and a detailed discography of Dickens's commercial recordings.

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Still churning out songs "that challenge the easy complacency and corporate arrogance of our time," influential Appalachian singer-songwriter Hazel Dickens has devoted her life to writing music not ... Leer comentario completo

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Página 33 - Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part! Nay, I have done. You get no more of me! And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart, That thus so cleanly I myself can free. Shake hands for ever! Cancel all our vows! And when we meet at any time again, Be it not seen in either of our brows That we one jot of former love retain.
Página 36 - West Virginia, oh my home /West Virginia's where I belong / In the dead of the night / In the still and the quiet / I slip away like a bird in flight / Back to those hills, the place that I call home," she sings on "West Virginia My Home.
Página 76 - Lord the poor miner, will his fight never end They'll abuse even murder him to further their plans Oh where is his victory how will it stand? It'll stand when poor working men all...
Página 78 - I remember the time when I could load more coal than any man Now my health is gone buried in, down in that dirty ground And they've taken away my rights...
Página 78 - And we'd talk about mining days when we got grown and big But now we're old broken men they don't need us around Though we gave our lives to make them rich they won't give us a dime...
Página 78 - cause mining's all he's known And miners don't get rich loadin' coal He's a sick man 'cause that coal dust took its stand But he don't expect to get no help from that operator man Chorus: Well it's good-bye old-timer, I guess our time has come Those waterholes that dirty coal dust eatin...
Página 70 - There's a man in a big house way up on the hill, Far, far from the shacks where the poor miners live. He's got plenty of money. Lord everything's fine. And he has forgotten the Maunington mine, Yes, he has forgotten the Mannington mine.
Página 71 - Estep, for distinguished service and self- sacrifice in the cause of labor and advancement of the United Mine Workers of America.

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Hazel Dickens (1925-2011) was a bluegrass and folk music singer and guitarist. She was the first woman to receive the Merit Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Bill C. Malone is a professor emeritus of history at Tulane University. His books include Country Music U.S.A. and Don't Get above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class.

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