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Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens

Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens

by Hazel Dickens, Bill C Malone
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252033049
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Series: Music in American Life Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bill C. Malone is a professor emeritus of history at Tulane University. He is the author of several books, including Don't Get above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Hazel Dickens: A Brief Biography   Bill C. Malone     1
Songs and Memories   Hazel Dickens     31
Mama's Hand     31
A Few Old Memories     33
You'll Get No More of Me     34
West Virginia My Home     35
My Better Years     38
Working Girl Blues     40
Scars from an Old Love     41
Lost Patterns     42
Scraps from Your Table     43
Beyond the River Bend     44
Won't You Come and Sing for Me     45
Only the Lonely     47
Rambling Woman     48
Your Greedy Heart     49
Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There     50
It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song     52
I Love to Sing the Old Songs     53
Old Calloused Hands     54
Rocking Chair Blues     55
Pretty Bird     57
Mount Zion's Lofty Heights     58
Cowboy Jim     59
Little Lenaldo     60
Tomorrow's Already Lost     61
I Can't Find Your Love Anymore     62
Hills of Home     63
OldRiver     65
Will Jesus Wash the Bloodstains from Your Hands     66
They'll Never Keep Us Down     67
Mannington Mine Disaster     70
Coal Miner's Grave     72
Black Lung     74
Coal Mining Woman     75
The Yablonski Murder     76
Clay County Miner     78
My Heart's Own Love     79
America's Poor     81
Freedom's Disciple (Working-Class Heroes)     83
The Homeless     84
My Love Has Left Me     85
A Hazel Dickens Discography     87
Index     99

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