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Hazel Dickens, R.I.P. 1935-2011

26 Apr

Hazel Dickens, folk singer extraordinaire, has passed away at the age of 75. Renowned for her sharp, high-pitched singing voice that ran through the ears of many workers, as well as fans of folk and country music, she died of complications from pneumonia. Dickens added several magnificent tracks, and made a brief appearance during the funeral scene, in John Sayles’s masterpiece “Matewan,” which was set in her native West Virginia.

For an excellent obituary from John Pietaro and his terrific blog The Cultural Worker, go here.

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