Bluegrass Pioneer Hazel Dickens died today, she was 75 and had complications from pneumonia. Hazel and Alice Gerrard made their mark on the bluegrass circuit in the 60s & 70s with their bold harmonies about struggle and heartbreak. Hazel later became a powerful advocate on behalf of miners with her anthems They’ll Never Keep Us Down and Black Lung. I was lucky enough to shoot and edit footage of Hazel for The Criterion Collection’s DVD release of Harlan County USA. Every time I hear Black Lung it just brings me to tears. Hazel your music lives on.
Etsy sent me to Burnley in Lancashire, UK to meet with Joe McBride of Lancashire Textiles. This once thriving mill town once produced 40% of the world cotton fabric. Today, Joe McBride is trying to keep his textile mill alive despite a changed horizon.
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