Prime Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens (Music in American Life)Author Hazel Dickens –

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

10 thoughts on “Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens (Music in American Life)

  1. says:

    Hazel s life and music, reflected upon in her own words Her story and the stories behind her songs are so honest and raw Just like her music, I could not get enough There s also some really wonderful photographs My favorite is a photo of Hazel performing Black Lung for the first time ever in public Sitting behind her on the stage are Mother Maybelle and Dock Boggs.

  2. says:

    Read this book if you love great songs.

  3. says:

    This book is a brief biography written by Bill Malone and then the lyrics of a selection of Hazel Dickens most popular songs with a foreword to each by Dickens herself She was quite an amazing woman, musician, and activist, and the lyrics and her forewords demonstrate her passion A good, quick read for anyone interested in this folk hero.

  4. says:

    Hazel Dickens was a pioneering Bluegrass and old time country singer, songwriter, labor and women s rights activist who paved the way for such artists as Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams and Freakwater today Bill C Malone gives us a brief outline of her courageous career and presents her talking about the writing of her most famous songs in her own words, accompanied by a selection of rare photographs from all stages of her long career A fitting tribute to a rare and accomplished woman BH.

  5. says:

    This book is part of collection of books put out by the Univ of Illinois Press called Music in American Life It begins with a brief 30 pg biography, and contains 2 sections of excellent photos, a thorough discography, and a section called Songs and Memories with narrative introductions by Hazel and the lyrics of 40 of her songs Very well done valuable to the history of American music Hazel was a pioneer in the gap between the Carters and current female bluegrass women She deserves much broader recognition across the United States for her role both musically and for the cause of labor Growing up with a mining family influenced Hazel s music and life including the loss of family members to black lung A must for any American music history shelf.

  6. says:

    Short BioThe biography in this book was less than 25% of the book s length It was really just a long article Lots of photographs The bulk of the book was given over to Dickens descriptions of the origins of her songs A good book but not the biography that I was expecting to read.

  7. says:

    I guess she knew what she wanted to tell, but I still wish it had been longer.