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Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens
by Hazel Dickens and Bill C Malone
University of Illinois Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-252-09097-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03304-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-07549-0
Library of Congress Classification ML420.D547A3 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 782.421642092

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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