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Working Girl Blues

The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens

Hazel Dickens

Publication Year: 2008

Hazel Dickens is 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 of her songs, 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, and the book features forty-one illustrations and a detailed discography of her commercial recordings.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Series: Music in American Life

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix

Hazel Dickens’s music has always stirred my soul, but the bulk of my knowledge about her career came through formal interviews, written exchanges, telephone conversations, and dialogues that the two of us had in seminars that I conducted in the spring of 2000 as a visiting professor at Duke University and the...

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Hazel Dickens: A Brief Biography by Bill C. Malone

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pp. 1-30

Hazel Dickens’s compelling voice and eloquent songs first reached a large American public in the soundtrack of Harlan County, USA, a 1976 Academy Award–winning documentary film that told of a protracted and dramatic strike in the eastern Kentucky coalfields. During a graphic description of the ravages wrought by...

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Songs and Memories by Hazel Dickens

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pp. 31-86

People took to this song like no other that I’ve ever sung. Of course in bluegrass you hear a lot of songs about mother. I’ve gotten more responses, more nice sentiments about this song than any other song. Lynn Morris, whose version won the IBMA’s...

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A Hazel Dickens Discography

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pp. 87-98

The order of entries is by release date. Format: Title of LP or CD. Label and catalog number. Release year. Personnel. Songs on the LP or CD, with reissue information where relevant (title, label, catalog number, and the reissue date if that does not appear as part of its own entry)....

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pp. 99-102

About the Authors, Further Reading, Back Cover

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pp. 103

E-ISBN-13: 9780252090974
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252075490

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Music in American Life