Hazel Dickens

Title

Hazel Dickens

Subject

Childhood
Family histories.
Songs.
Musical families
Baltimore (Md.)
Bands (Music)
Musical groups.
Musical performance
Music--Performance.
Sound recordings.
Sound--Recording and reproducing
Records.
Bluegrass festivals
Music festivals.
Women bluegrass musicians.
Music--Economic aspects.
Bluegrass music.
Folk music.
Folk songs.
Music business

Description

Hazel Dickens talks about her family life, her early involvement with music, and her family members' musical abilities. She talks about when she began writing her own music, her lack of confidence in expressing herself, and how she overcame her fear of expressing things that were seen as "undesirable" or pushing boundaries. Dickens talks about how she met Alice Gerrard, how they came to play music together, and describes their experience of recording their first record. She discusses the impact of the atmosphere of cultural exchange fostered by the Southern Folk Festival tour on her own worldview about African Americans, the labor movement, and her naivety about the world. She talks about how she became involved with the film "Harlan County, USA," her work on the soundtrack, and the difficult process of writing a song for the end of the film. She discusses her friendships with Alyse Taubman and Ken Irwin.

Format

video

Identifier

2017oh208_ibmm032

Interviewer

Mike Seeger

Interviewee

Hazel Dickens

Interview Keyword

Songwriting
Gerrard, Alice (Artist)
Alice Gerrard (Artist)
Southern Folk Festival
Harlan County, USA (Documentary and soundtrack)
Alyse Taubman
Taubman, Alyse
Seeger, Mike (Artist)
Mike Seeger (Artist)
Irwin, Ken
Ken Irwin
Education
Country life
African Americans--Segregation
Integration
Race relations
Race discrimination
Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining
Coal miners--Labor unions
Labor disputes
Labor unions
Labor movement

Files

dickens_Still029.jpg


Citation

“Hazel Dickens,” Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, accessed August 25, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/bluegrass/items/show/22.